Kenya: Businessmen, ex-officials charged for fraud and abuse of office

Charge sheets say 12 men and two businesses have been charged in a Kenyan court for fraud and abuse of office over a multimillion dollar scandal that involved the government awarding highly inflated contracts.

A charge sheet from the Ethic and Anti-Corruption Commission says 10 suspects were charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit an economic crime for a scheme to defraud the government of $44.6 million in contracts to computerize police force operations.

Four suspects, including a senator, were charged with abuse of office and breach of public trust for the procurement of communication services.

Seven suspects denied charges. The others weren't in court. In 2006, former anti-corruption head John Githongo, while in exile in London, released a file alleging high level corruption in the issuance of 18 contracts.