ex-rugby player alex olaba pleads not guilty in plot to kill suspect, remanded for 7 days
Alex Olaba [photo courtesy]
byMay 4, 2021
Former rugby player Alex Olaba has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to murder in a Nairobi court.
The former player, who is accused of gang rape in court, was arrested on suspicion of hiring a hitman to assassinate a key witness in the ongoing case.
According to the police report, he was arrested at Madaraka estate while attending a meeting whose agenda included allegedly eliminating a key witness in the gang-rape case he is facing.
When appearing before Magistrate Francis Andayi, he entered a not guilty plea and was remanded in custody for seven days awaiting the outcome of his bail application.
Olaba made many attempts, both directly and indirectly, to contact key witnesses in the case in order to sway its outcome, according to the investigating officer.
To get to the bottom of the charges, detectives working on the case performed a forensic examination of his phone.
At the time, the prosecutor demanded that he be held for ten days until the investigation was completed.
In its ruling, the court stated that the prosecution had established sufficient grounds for his detention, allowing police to detain him for seven days at Kilimani Police Station while investigations continue.