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Kenyan ex-sports minister charged over Rio Olympics graft

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Kenyan ex-sports minister charged over Rio Olympics graft

Kenyan ex-sports minister charged over Rio Olympics graft

Former Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario has been charged with six counts of abuse of office linked to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Serena Chaudhry reports.

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Kenyan ex-sports minister charged over Rio Olympics graft

Kenya's former sports minister charged in court with abuse of office.

Hassan Wario is accused of siphoning off funds meant for athletes who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

It was Kenya's most successful Games with six gold medals, six silvers, and one bronze in track and field.

But the on-field achievements were overshadowed by allegations of corruption among Kenyan team leaders and senior government officials.

An investigation laid the blame on Wario, who was sports minister at the time.

He's been charged with six counts of abuse of office, which he's denied.

Six other former senior officials are also being held accountable.

Since May, President Uhuru Kenyatta has been trying to crack down on widespread corruption and dozens of senior government officials and business people are facing various charges related to graft.

Wario, who is currently Kenya's ambassador to Austria, will face a trial next month.

He's been freed on bail of just under 10,000 U.S. dollars.




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