20 April 2018

Kenya: Ex-IEBC Boss Hassan Seeks to Stop LSK Disciplinary Case

Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Issack Hassan on Thursday moved to court seeking to have disciplinary proceedings against him before the Law Society of Kenya suspended.

Through lawyer Chrysostom Akhaabi, Mr Hassan sued LSK's disciplinary tribunal for reviving a complaint that was filed against him five years ago.

Mr Hassan claimed that the delay in finalising the matter has created a false impression of his character with regard to his professional conduct.

He said the matter has subjected him to prejudice since an online search in the LSK advocates' portal shows that he has a pending professional misconduct disciplinary case.

"By reason of the pending complaint, I am forced to live with anxiety hanging over my head; its pendency has diminished my dignity," Mr Hassan said.

"I am unable to associate as well as converse freely with my peers whilst this matter is glaring like a scar on a prominent part of my face," he added.

FRAUD

In the disciplinary proceedings, Mr Fred Athuok, a managing partner at Ibrahim, Isaack & Company Advocates, filed a complaint on August 26, 2013 against Mr Hassan and a Mr Sospeter Njoroge.

He accused the duo of allegedly engaging in fraudulent conveyancing transactions conducted by the law firm and sought an order to have them stopped from being signatories to all bank accounts held by the law firm as well as asked to resign.

He also wanted them permanently struck off the roll of advocates and barred from being members of LSK, holding public office, and being advocates of the High Court of Kenya.

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