How judge Ibrahim took petition withdrawal to his advantage in graft case

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Its been a tough time for the judiciary whose great number of top judges in trouble over relation to graft allegations have been on the spotlight.

The Supreme Court Judge Mohammed Ibrahim has dismissed bribery allegations levelled against him in a petition filed before the Judicial Service Commission.

In response filed on Tuesday, the Judge denied claims of corruption and bribery, made by Mr Jared Ongeri, adding that the petitioner will be strictly asked to prove them.

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The judge defended the decision rendered by the majority judges in the Wajir gubernatorial election, saying he made it “consciously, independently and without bad faith or undue influence whatsoever”.

Mr Ongeri filed a petition against four judges of the apex court, including Justice Ibrahim, Jackton Ojwang, Smokin Wanjala and Njoki Ndungu, following their decision to allow an appeal by Wajir Governor Mohammed Abdi Mohamud.

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However Mr Ongeri it emerged recently that he wrote a letter seeking to withdraw a section of the complaint against the judge, which touched on a cabinet secretary.

In the petition, Mr Ongeri had claimed the senior judge was in communication with a cabinet secretary who prevailed on him to switch to the majority’s side a day before the final verdict.

Justice Ibrahim, in his response, said the claim was the only thing the petitioner had against him, and that after the withdrawal, then the petition had to fall.

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