A Nairobi court has directed the prosecution to supply the defense with statements of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, if any, in a case where two Stanley Hotel employees were charged for allegedly leaking CCTV footage that captured President Uhuru Kenyatta and his entourage in the Nairobi Central Business District on June 2, 2019.
On Tuesday, Trial Magistrate Bernard Ochoi further directed the case be mentioned on October 29, 2020, for the court to give directions on the CCTV footage provided.
Patrick Rading Ambogo and Janet Magoma Ayonga were charged with the offence of unauthorized interception of computer data contrary to section 17(1) of the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Act.
They pleaded not guilty and were released on a cash bail of Ksh.10,000 or bond of Ksh.30,000 each on June 17th.
The act states that a person who causes whether temporarily or permanently, a computer system to perform a function by infringing security measures, with intent to gain access, and knowing such access is unauthorised, commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding five million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both.
On 2 June, a video captured on CCTV showing President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga inspecting a deserted Kenyatta Avenue by night was making rounds on social media.
Through their lawyer Danstan Omari, the two accused persons rubbished the charge levelled against them saying it does not exist in law and further asked that the President records a statement on the matter.