Olympics - Kenya's Olympic team leader charged, de­nies steal­ing $256K

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Kenya's team leader at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics stole $256,000 from gov­ern­ment and sports au­thor­i­ties meant for the ath­letes' and of­fi­cials' stay at the games, pros­e­cu­tors al­leged in court yesterday. Stephen Arap Soi, Kenya's chef de mis­sion at the Olympics last month, de­nied five counts of steal­ing money. Pros­e­cu­tors said he took $234,000 with him on a flight to Brazil with­out declar­ing it to cus­toms of­fi­cials, and which then went miss­ing, and stole the re­main­ing $22,000 in smaller amounts on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. The money be­longed to the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee of Kenya, Ath­let­ics Kenya, or the sports min­istry, pros­e­cu­tors said. Two other of­fi­cials, Kenyan Olympic com­mit­tee vice pres­i­dent Pius Ochieng and sec­re­tary gen­eral Fran­cis Kiny­ili Paul, ap­peared along­side Soi in a Nairobi court, and de­nied charges of steal­ing Olympic team uni­forms pro­vided by spon­sor Nike.

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