The multi-billion Anglo Leasing corruption scandal where public funds worth about Sh50 billion were stolen may be far from the end after the government was unable to produce a key suspect nearly after seven years since the case was established.
This is after the prosecution, on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, failed to produce the suspect, Brian Mills, who is the alleged mastermind in the case and believed to be associated with Anglo Leasing Finance Limited.
Appearing before Magistrate Felix Kombo, the prosecution could not establish the whereabouts of Brian Mills.
Efforts to get to know the suspect and his whereabouts through the Kenyan government have also proved futile.
Present in the court proceedings during the January 26 trial were former PS Dave Mwangi, Deepak Kimani, former Head of Debt Management at the Treasury David Lumumba Onyonka.
In 2005, the case had fallen apart after the prosecution failed to table enough evidence to lead to a successful prosecution.
However, with foreign governments’ intervention, accounts of suspects and offshore offices produced documentation that sustained the case.
On March 4, 2015, during the trial of ex-Finance Minister Chris Obure, among senior officials charged in the case, Magistrate Hellena Ndung’u issued international arrest warrants for Bradley Beckenfield, believed to reside in the US, and Brian Mills, both thought to be connected to the scandal.
A report by the BBC in March 2015 indicated that Anglo Leasing Finance company was paid about Sh3.3 Billion to “supply and install a digital passport issuing system at the Department of Immigration and supply and installation of forensic science laboratories for CID.”
Other Phantom firms involved in the scheme had been contracted to supply naval ships, but none of the contracts were honored.
Progress was made in the case after about Sh201 million alleged to have been proceeds of the scandal was frozen IN Swiss accounts, as reported by Business Daily on July 4, 2018.