A former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent residing in Kenya is now staring at a possibility of spending time behind bars following an unfortunate development in a legal battle he has been grappling with.
Richard Clyde Rollier, who is accused of illegally possessing two stun guns, faced a major setback after his guarantor sought to withdraw a surety that had handed him freedom.
According to Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti, the guarantor — who had bailed Rollier out on a Sh500,000 bond with one Kenyan surety of a similar amount — feared that he could flee the country.
Magistrate Ogoti ordered that Mr Rollier, who has been in the country for 11 years, be detained for seven days until it is confirmed that his passport was in the court’s custody.
“The accused will remain in custody for a week until the court verifies his passport and allow him to find an alternative surety since his current surety wants to withdraw himself,” Oguti said.
On Monday, the court had issued a warrant of arrest against the former FBI officer after he failed to appear for the case hearing.
In March, Rollier was arrested alongside his Kenyan wife, Mercy Shirley Mwendwa, in their Nyali home for illegally possessing firearms. However, Ms Mwendwa was released after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said she had no links to the offence.
Mr Rollier accused the police of planting the guns in his house highlighting that it was strange that the Anti- Terrorism Police did not find anything during their search but they later alleged that guns were discovered.
“It is not possible that nine days later police searched his house and recovered the stun guns hidden in a black polythene bag at the servant quarters in his house at Nyali, it means someone came with them to implicate my client,” Rollier lawyer, Jared Magolo told the court.
The agent is further accused of being in possession of explosives and importing banned goods.
His case will be heard next on December 7.