The Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution has opposed Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko release on bail.
Sonko, along with several other Nairobi County officials, was arraigned before Anti-Corruption Magistrate Douglas Ogoti to answer to Sh357 million graft charges at City Hall.
The DPP represented by Gitonga Riungu and James Kihara opposed Sonko’s release on bail citing he had escaped prison before.
The prosecutor cited an incident on March 12 in 1998 where Sonko was convicted for failing to appear in court over three cases in Mombasa.
He was sentenced to pay a fine of Sh500,000 in the first case and Sh200,000 in the second case.
In default, he was to serve six months imprisonment for each case consecutively.
Kihara quoted the Commissioner of Prisons who said while Sonko was at Shimo La Tewa Prison, he sought treatment at the Coast General Hospital after which escaped from lawful custody.
He was then arrested after a signal was sent from Shimo La Tewa Prison.
Kihara through an affidavit said there is evidence that Sonko has a pending criminal case in Mombasa in 2001.