This comes following an Asset Recovery Agreement (ARA) between the Kenyan and British governments signed on Monday, March 28.
Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK, Manoah Esipisu, lauded the move as a victory for Kenyans in general.
Jersey’s Attorney General, Mark Temple, affirmed that the funds would be used to combat the pandemic in the country.
“I am delighted that we have concluded this agreement to return these funds to Kenya to support their efforts in combating the virus.
“Corruption is not a victimless crime. It has both direct and indirect consequences for people living in countries where corrupt practices have taken place,” stated Temple.
The Jersey AG added that the agreement was a testament to the lengths their government will take in order to fight graft and dispense justice.
“The signing of this agreement today shows that Jersey does not tolerate financial crime and that our officers will confiscate monies associated with corruption and ensure that such funds are returned for the benefit of the people who have suffered from the effects of corruption,” Temple noted.
The Ksh450 million was seized in 2016 following the conviction of a Jersey-based company, which was suspected to be part of a money-laundering scheme.
After thorough investigations, it was discovered that the money originated from Kenya and was being transferred to the Jersey company.
This is after two powerful individuals from Kenya were linked to the company. The duo is currently awaiting trial. The AG in the past noted that they would ensure that those culpable would face the force of the law.
“We have already prosecuted the Jersey company involved for money laundering offenses, and continue to support the ongoing extradition proceedings by the prosecuting authority in Kenya to bring the individuals responsible to justice,” he noted.