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SGR passenger train. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Three Chinese standard gauge railway workers have been charged with offering police a bribe of Sh900,000 to influence investigations over the ticketing fraud in their favour.

Li Gen, Li Xiaowu and Sun Xin offered the bribe in tranches of Sh500,000, Sh200,000 and Sh200,000 to police inspector Andrew Warui and his investigators between November 22nd 23rd.

The trio were under probe for being part of a multimillion ticketing scam which involved creating fake refunds and pocketing the proceeds.

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They will remain in custody until Friday when the court is expected to rule on their bid to be released on bail as the Chinese embassy sought for their fair treatment.

The prosecution opposed their release, saying that they were a flight risk since they had no fixed residence in Kenya.

The prosecutor argued that Kenya and China had no treaty that would compel the accused to be brought back to face trial in case they fled.

“The fears of the accused being a flight risk is merited, where mutual legal assistance is not agreed upon between Kenya and China the issue (of flight risk) be considered seriously,” said Mr Ingonga.

However their lawyer, Nelson Sitonik, said they were not a flight risk.

“They reside at the terminus, within it (terminus) there is a police station, they are willing report to the officer in charge daily,” said Mr Sitonik, adding that the accused will not interfere with investigations.

The Chinese embassy yesterday dispatched officials to visit the accused and asked Kenya to conduct “objective and fair investigations” and pledged full support to the SGR operation team.

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