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The hearing of the Sh39 billion fake military tender case against former Sports minister Rashid Echesa and four others failed to kick off Wednesday due to the prosecution’s failure to supply the defense with documents.

The defense protested that the Office of Director Public Prosecution (ODPP) was yet to supply them with witness statements and other materials of documentary evidence concerning the case.

Appearing before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot, lawyer Evans Ondieki said the trial could not start when the prosecution had not complied with an order issued earlier directing the supply of documents to the defense.

Following the complaint, the magistrate gave the ODPP seven days to supply the documents while the pretrial was adjourned to March 23, 2020.

The case had been called for a mention to confirm compliance with the order and set a date for the start of the trial.

Mr Echesa is facing more than 10 charges related to fraud, conspiracy to commit a felony, making a document without authority, obtaining money by false pretence, attempting to commit a felony and uttering a false document.

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