The Polish tourist whose drone strayed into the home of Deputy President William Ruto has failed to take plea for the second time after his lawyer told Nairobi Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku that there are ongoing negotiations with the complainant in the matter to drop the charges against him.
Lawyer Alfred Deya pleaded with the court to defer the matter to allow parties to negotiate out of court but the prosecution objected to his application and asked the court to order the suspect to plead to the charges.
According to the charge sheet presented in court by the state, Kenya Police is listed as the complainant.
The Pole was released on Wednesday, March 31, on Sh200,000 cash bail or Sh500,000 bond pending plea-taking.
Piotr Lukasz Litwiniuk was arraigned in Nairobi where he is facing a total of four counts: namely, from the importation of unmanned aircraft without a permit issued by the authority, operating an unmanned aircraft system without authorization, operating unmanned aircraft system without a pilot license and failing to register an unmanned aircraft.
According to the charge sheet, Litwiniuk imported the drone, a Mavic Air2 model, through the Moi International Airport on January 7, 2021.
The prosecution said the Pole should have sought a permit from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority when he imported the drone.
Litwiniuk was accused of operating the unmanned aircraft within Karen, a residential area in Nairobi where some of the country’s top national leaders and wealthy residents live.
According to the documents, the drone was spotted by General Service Unit (GSU) officers flying over DP Ruto’s private home on March 29.
The GSU officers tracked the drone to the compound of Ruto’s young neighbour
By Sheila Mutua for K24 Online