Woman faces extradition over Sh140m robbery in Dubai
A Kenyan woman arrested over the theft of Sh140 million from a Cash in Transit (CIT) van in Dubai is being detained before her possible extradition to United Arab Emirates.
Rebbeca Mueni Musau was placed under police until Friday when Senior Principal Magistrate Mr Ben Nzakyo will determine whether she will be detained further pending extradition proceedings.
The court was told that Ms Musau was arrested at Namanga boarder trying to cross to Tanzania. She subsequently led detectives to her house in Kamulu, along Kangundo Road where a total of Sh13,130,000 was recovered.
A letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that Ms Musau, together with others not before court, left Dubai on March 4, 2018 with stolen money amounting to AED 5 million (Sh140 million).
“The DCI launched investigations immediately and informed the Director of Immigration services on May 15, 2018 to place the mentioned suspects on movement control and on July 3, 2018 Ms Mueni was arrested,” an affidavit sworn by Corporal Emmanuel Ngetich who is investigating case reads.
According to police, Ms Mueni and her accomplices stole the money from a Cash in Transit vehicle owned by Transguard company. The vehicle was for refilling an ATM machine at Dierra City Mall.
“The investigations are currently underway both in Kenya and the United Arab Emirates with the aim of making further recoveries and arrests,” the affidavit states.
The court was told the investigation requires ‘ample time so as to visit areas of interest which the suspect might have hidden some other monies including bank accounts’.
Two other suspects wanted in Dubai over the heist are said to have escaped the police dragnet.
Police say the three Kenyans were part of six guards of the private security company who were escorting the cash on transit in May.
Part of the loot has been used to purchase property and build homes in Nairobi and around Nairobi, according to police sources.
Police will also be opposing bail until such a time the investigations are completed in order to prevent the suspects from interfering with investigations.