A high-ranking media executive has found herself at the center of a legal maelstrom after being charged with multiple counts of issuing death threats to a well-known city businessman. Farida Idris Mohamed, Commercial Director at Capital FM, appeared in court to vehemently deny the seven charges of threatening to kill Hussein Aila Amaro.
The events in question allegedly took place on June 14 and 15, 2019, with the threatening messages delivered at 10:14 am and 1:50 pm. Mohamed, standing before Milimani Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina, is accused of sending these menacing communications from her mobile phone to the complainant’s device. The charges, rooted in Section 223 (1) of the Penal Code Chapter 63 of the Laws of Kenya, suggest that the content of these messages contained explicit language.
Defending Mohamed, attorney Peter Wanyama requested her release on bail. Wanyama argued that the charges were bailable, barring any compelling reasons presented by the prosecution to justify restricting her freedom. State prosecutor Anderson Gikunda did not contest the bail application, and Magistrate Onyina subsequently granted Mohamed’s release on a cash bail of Sh100,000.
As the case proceeds, the court has instructed the prosecution to supply the defense with copies of witness statements to enable Mohamed to prepare an adequate defense. This high-stakes legal battle has captured the attention of both the media and public, as it involves two prominent figures in their respective industries.