A Nairobi court today issued summons to four former directors of Chase Bank to appear in court to plead to the charges of conspiring to defraud the bank over Sh 1.6 billion.
Milimani senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku issued the summons for Abdul Ahmed, Ghanrish Omar, Amiran Claudia and Mohammed Khan after their lawyer Cecil Miller strongly opposed prosecution application asking the court to issue warrant of arrest against the suspects for failing to take a plea.
Miller requested the court not to issue arrest warrant against his clients, saying they did not deliberately failed to attend court since they had previously presented themselves to Banking Fraud Investigations Units (BFI) investigators for purpose of taking their finger print and recording their statements before pleading to the charges.
The lawyer assured the court that he will personally present them during the next mention of the case on September 4 without further delay. The magistrate granted Miller’s request and issued only summons for the suspects.
The four are jointly charged alongside former Chase Bank chairman Mohamed Zafrullah Khan and three other also senior former managers namely Ducan Kabui Gichui, former Group Managing Director, James Mwenja General Credit Manager and Makaros Agumbi, Financial General who have since denied various counts of fraud and they are out on Sh2 million cash bail each.