English Point Marina legal director charged with Ksh.50M fraud
Nazir Jinnah has been accused of using Senior Counsel John Khaminwa’s name and that of his company in conducting fraudulent transactions in the pretext of being a lawyer.
He stands accused of acquiring Ksh.50 million from the sale of a Mombasa property without the consent of the owners.
The Director of Assets and Legal Affairs at English Point Marina, who is facing 5 counts of fraud and impersonation, will establish whether the case proceeds as is or with a change of the complainant’s legal team next month.
Jinnah, appearing before Chief Magistrate Caroline Njagi, is reported to have sold the property to Mombasa Speaker Ahrub Kharti and never remitted the money to the family claiming ownership.
He faces five charges including obtaining money by false pretence, uttering a false document and impersonation.
His lawyer Conrad Maloba sought to have the court compel the complainant’s lawyer Valentine Khaminwa to recuse herself citing conflict of interest.
“They will be called as witnesses, all these documents pertain to the firm of Khaminwa and Khaminwa Advocates, at this point counsel cannot detach herself from the firm; we pray that the firm be disqualified from watching brief while participating in this trial,” said lawyer Maloba.
Valentine Khaminwa stated: “Allow me to clarify that I’m watching brief under the hat of Val Khaminwa Advocates, I’m not here under the banner of Khaminwa and Khaminwa.
Magistrate Caroline Njagi is set to rule on whether Khaminwa continues on the 13th of next month.
Jinnah is not new to controversy, in yet another legal battle in Mombasa, he is accused of using his position as a Legal Affairs Director at English Point Marina to lock out apartment buyers from their property.
The disgruntled apartment owners who bought their units for Ksh.50 million each have accused Jinnah of theft through fraudulent billing of service charge, and denying them the option of subletting their own apartments.
Jinnah, who is alleged to have a fraud record in Kenya and Canada, is currently being investigated by the DCI and the Law Society of Kenya on allegations of transacting business as a lawyer despite not appearing on the roll of advocates.
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