Paraka files contempt proceeding

Lawyer Paul Paraka has filed contempt of court proceedings in the Supreme Court against Senior District Court Magistrate Cosmas Bidar and senior police investigators.

The principal of Paraka Lawyers is alleging that Magistrate Bidar, Director of National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, Matthew Damaru, Deputy Director of NFACD Timothy Gitua and Senior Sergeant Pius Peng have defied a Supreme Court judgment by progressing his committal proceedings in the District Court.

He filed an application in the Supreme Court early this month, relying on the judgment which the Supreme Court handed down in October 2014.

In that judgment, the Supreme Court declared and clarified the powers of the Police Commissioner.

Paraka is also applying for interim orders restraining Magistrate Bidar, Damaru, Gitua and Peng from progressing the committal proceedings.

This contempt application in the Supreme Court concerns the matter before Magistrate Bidar. Another 27 charges of conspiracy, stealing and money laundering before another magistrate, Mekeo Gauli, were dismissed in December last year.  

Since filing the application on April 2, Paraka was given time to serve the application on the parties.

It is understood Paraka also filed proceedings in the National Court for alleged breach of his human rights.  

The committal proceedings in the District Court are related to the allegations of fraud and misappropriation of public funds and charges laid against Paraka by the members of the Fraud Squad who were attached to the former Investigation Task Force Sweep.

Due to numerous legal suits, Paraka’s committal proceedings has been delayed since 2014.

Sally Pokiton