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Rio Saga: Ex-Sports CS Hassan Wario Fined Sh3.6 Million or Six Year Jail Term

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Former Sports CS Hassan Wario in Court on Thursday. [Courtesy]

Former Sports CS Hassan Wario has been slapped with a Sh3.6 million fine over the Rio de Janeiro Olympics scandal.

Should the former minister fail to pay the fine, he will spend six years behind bars, ruled Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Juma on Thursday.

His co-convict, Stephen Soi has been handed a 12 year jail sentence or a Sh105.6 million fine.

The former Olympics team leader and ex-Nock official faced three counts of abuse of office and three counts on willful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds.

Read: President Uhuru Kenyatta Fires Ex-CS Hassan Wario From Ambassadorial Position

The court found that Soi, being part of the steering committee, failed to disclose there was a double payment of Nock officials. He prepared and included officials of Nock and submitted their names for payments.

He also authorised the cancellation of air tickets resulting in a loss of Sh9.7 million public funds.

Soi sought to have his sentence and fine suspended pending appeal, a request the court declined.

This comes a day after the court found him guilty of abuse of office, and willfully failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds.

Read: Rio Saga: Former Sports CS Hassan Wario Found Guilty of Abuse of Office

The court also found that the former ambassador to Austria took advantage of his office by adding three people to the list of Team Kenya.

The three were; Monica Sairo, Richard Abura and Edan Adow.

“The additional names were included after they closed the accreditation… Clearly this was an indicator that the three were not part of the team Kenya,” ruled the court.

He was, however, acquitted on the charge of engaging in a project without planning. The project was the Rio Olympics.

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