3 February 2001

Kenya: Court Issues Arrest Order For 'Queen'

Nairobi — A warrant of arrest was yesterday issued against the woman who styles herself the 'Queen of Sheba.'

Mr. Justice Kassanga Mulwa ordered that Ms Dibra Amellia George be arrested and produced in the High Court for a civil case against her.

The judge issued the order after a request by the lawyer for Grand Regency Hotel, Mr. Milton Imanyara.

The woman incurred a bill of Sh3.4 million at the hotel.

The civil case, filed under a certificate of urgency on Wednesday morning, was listed for hearing yesterday.

When the case came up before Mr. Justice Mulwa, the "queen" was not in court.

The judge issued a warrant of arrest and ordered that the case be mentioned before him on Monday.

Mr. Imanyara told the judge that the "queen" did not have diplomatic immunity and was just a foreign national of the Netherlands .

He said her passport indicated that she was a student and citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

He added that when the manager of the hotel asked her to pay the bill, she gave her MasterCard, which turned out to be worthless. This prompted the hotel to detain her.

He said the "queen" was a foreigner living abroad and if allowed to leave the country without leaving security with the court, it will be difficult to trace her.

On Wednesday afternoon, the "queen" was charged before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Boaz Olao and released on a free bond of Sh500,000.

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