A documents hitch forced an adjournment after defence lawyers dug in, refraining from accusing the prosecution of sneaking in documents but demanding copies be supplied before they can cross examine Dr Kamau Thugge whose testimony was a departure from the line already taken by his colleagues from Treasury.
Dr Thugge said the Anglo-leasing project was not fully budgeted for and for the first time contradicted previous witnesses who have told the trial court the contracts were budgeted for and had the full approval of Parliament.
The Treasury chief was stood down since the documents he relied on in court were not supplied to the defence prior to his testimony in court.
Ealier, he said he was privy to how the government cancelled the contract(s) and appeared to provide details, mainly correspondence between respective offices.
He said he was aware four contracts were cancelled and monies that had been paid refunded.
Contradicted previous witnesses
Dr Thugge contradicted previous witnesses from Treasury who are on record stating that KSh 20 million had been approved in the budget by Parliament.
That Commercial borrowing was discussed and identified as a possible way of financing the special security project.
Documents defence didn’t have
SC Ahmednassir Abdullahi demanded four documents which the defence didn’t have.
“We request that court makes an order that we make copies ourselves,” the lawyer charged.
The witness was stood down and is expected to be cross examined when proceedings resume July 26 2107.