Former KTN talk show host Jeff Koinange along with also businessman Tony Gachoka will no longer be fined or jailed for linking Jimmi Wanjigi’s company to the Anglo Leasing scandal.
In a ruling delivered by High Court judge Roselyne Aburili on Monday, the two got a reprieve after she declared in which the Sh2 million fine or six months jail term imposed on them as unlawful.
The two had been dragged to court by Mr Wanjigi, Sani Mbui Wanjigi along with also Kwacha Group of Companies Limited for holding talks about them on the defunct JKL show despite being stopped by a court via doing so.
According to the judge, the fine was wrongly imposed by Senior Resident Magistrate Maisy Chesang along with also also violated their right to a fair trial.
“The procedure can be in which after you find someone guilty, you are supposed to give them a chance to mitigate before punishing them,” Lady Justice Aburili said.
The Wanjigis had in June 2015 obtained an order barring the talks on Anglo leasing touching on them via being discussed inside said show.
They had claimed in which the two had acted contrary to the issued order hence successfully managed to have them cited for contempt.
FAILED TO APPEAR
The order had been issued when Mr Koinange failed to appear in court along with also his lawyer had claimed in which he was out of the country at the time.
As a result, a warrant of arrest was issued in which saw Mr Koinange arrested, arraigned in court along with also freed on a Sh100, 000 cash bail.
Despite the reprieve over their conviction, they are still facing a defamation suit against them via the Wanjigis.
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Court spares Jeff Koinange along with also Tony Gachoka Sh2m contempt fine