The Director of Public Prosecutions has been temporarily stopped from charging Mombasa Principal Magistrate Edgar Kagoni with any charges in relation to alleged loss of exhibits among them heroin valued at Sh30 million in a case he presided over.
Sitting at the High Court in Mombasa, Justice Reuben Nyakundi issued the orders following applications by Mr Kagoni and the Kenya Magistrates Judges Association.
“This case has merited the threshold of granting interim orders against charging the petitioner,” said Justice Nyakundi on Monday.
Justice Nyakundi further directed that Mr Kagoni be released on a Sh100,000 bond with a surety of similar amount or an alternative of Sh20,000 cash bail ‘wherever he is being held’.
On Saturday, the DPP in a press statement communicated the decision to charge Mr Kagoni with the offence of obstruction to defeat justice and aiding the commission of an offence.