Man detained for developing false doping allegations against Kenyan athletes


A forgery suspect believed to have been part of an international conspiracy ring developing false doping allegations against Kenyan athletes was on Monday morning arraigned before the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Court.

Elias Kiptum was arrested following investigations by the DCI’s Anti-Narcotics Unit who have been pursuing the syndicate which has reportedly been working with foreign journalists to fabricate information on doping in athletics Kenya.

According to the DCI, the suspects had prepared documents purporting that doping was being encouraged by State agencies in a bid to have Kenya suspended from the forthcoming Olympics in Japan.

“Forged documents purportedly signed by officials from the Anti-Dopping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and Athletics Kenya (AK) were shared with the Europe-based journalists, who have been part of the ring,” said the DCI in a statement.

The DCI detectives on April 18 conducted a raid at Kiptum’s residence in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, where they recovered several documents bearing ADAK and AK letterheads as well as suspicious bank slips.

Contract agreement documents between local suspects and foreign journalists, three laptops, mobile phones, among other electronic gadgets were also confiscated from the suspect’s house and are undergoing forensic analysis.

Kiptum, appearing before the JKIA court, denied all 12 charges leveled against him and remains in custody pending bail ruling which has been scheduled for April 27, 2021.

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