Anti-Terror Court Releases Journalist Cliff Onserio On Bail

Onserio was granted a Sh300,000 bond or Sh100,000 cash bail by senior resident magistrate Boaz Ombewa. 

An anti-terror court on Friday freed Standard journalist Laban-Cliff Onserio on Sh100,000 cash bail awaiting a January 10 plea hearing. 

Onserio was granted a Sh300,000 bond or Sh100,000 cash bail by senior resident magistrate Boaz Ombewa. 

He postponed his plea hearing until January 10 because police stated they needed more information about the incident they were looking into. 

They intend to prosecute him with illegally possessing an explosive device. 

Onserio’s lawyer, Ishmael Nyaribo, successfully urged with the court to release him until the plea taking.

He stated that Onserio had been detained for a long time and that it would be inappropriate to keep him detained for the time being. Police wanted him to be held in detention until his plea was taken.

Onserio appeared in court in Kahawa West on December 30 after being detained in connection with an investigation into the possession of a stun grenade and a police pocket phone.

On December 23, the court ordered Onserio’s custody for three more days while the investigation into accusations of explosive possession continues.

However, the court ordered the Anti-Terror Police Unit to release him by Thursday, December 29, if no charges are filed against him.