Busi­ness­man found guilty of ex­tor­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

A pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor has been found guilty of at­tempt­ing to ex­tort tycoon Ashok Shah of Sh5 mil­lion. Ab­dul­rahim Shalo was found guilty of im­per­son­at­ing an In­ter­pol of­fi­cer. Chief mag­is­trate Ann Ong’injo ac­quit­ted Shalo’s co-ac­cused Hiten Raja.

Shalo and Raja faced charges of con­spir­ing to kill Ashok and his fam­ily, but th­ese were dropped. Ong’injo said the pros­e­cu­tion failed to prove the two con­spired to kill Shah. Raja and Shah were busi­ness part­ners be­fore fall­ing out.

Shalo was ac­cused of threat­en­ing to for­ward Shah’s name to the KRA for al­leged tax eva­sion, if he failed to part with the Sh5 mil­lion. “The ac­cused per­son wanted to get money from the com­plainant by in­still­ing fear in him,” Ong’injo said.

She said Shalo, 60, pre­sented an ex­pired In­ter­pol card to Shah. Shalo urged the court to re­lease him on le­nient terms be­cause he is di­a­betic and has two chil­dren with spe­cial needs. The sen­tenc­ing will be on Fri­day.

/PHILIP KAMAKYA

Busi­ness­man Ab­dul­rahim Shallo in court on Monday

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