The High Court has delivered a significant verdict in the case involving Chief Registrar Ann Amadi, lifting the orders that previously froze her bank accounts.
Justice Alfred Mabeya ruled that there is insufficient evidence to suggest Amadi had benefited from a reported cash transaction of Sh100 million made by a Dubai-based firm for the purchase of gold.
During the proceedings, the court carefully examined the allegations and scrutinized the role played by Ann Amadi. In delivering the verdict, Mabeya emphasized that there was no substantial proof indicating her direct involvement in the day-to-day operations of the law firm in question, nor any evidence to support the claim that she personally profited from the funds.
"There is nothing to show that the 1st defendant was involved in day-to-day activities of the law firm or evidence to point that she benefited from the funds," the court ruling affirmed.
Moreover, Mabeya stressed that the burden of responsibility should rest with Ann Amadi's adult son, Brian Ochieng, and not be extended to his mother merely due to their familial relationship.
The judge highlighted that each individual must be accountable for their own actions, and Amadi should not be held responsible for the actions of her adult son.
Nevertheless, while granting Amadi a reprieve from the frozen accounts, the judge dismissed her plea to have the case against her and the two others, Brian Ochieng and another lawyer, struck out entirely.
The court emphasized that Amadi would continue to be a defendant in the case, as the plaintiff, Demetrios Bradshaw, had filed the lawsuit to establish that the law firm was registered in Amadi's name.
Bradshaw, a British trader and director of Bruton Gold Trading LLC, has levelled serious allegations against Amadi, including abuse of office, obtaining money by false pretences, and her alleged involvement in a Sh120 million gold scandal.
This came after a Nairobi court issued an order to freeze Amadi's bank accounts following a suit a company dealing in gold and based in Dubai sued Anne together with her son Brian and the other two.
Bruton Gold Trading LLC claimed the four suspects unlawfully obtained more than Sh89 million for a gold consignment that they never delivered to the Dubai-based company.