A request by four suspects seeking withdrawal by Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) against illegal gas refilling case has hit a wall. 

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The case, according to Standard, is implicating Mr Talib Salimin together with three others, who got arrested on accusations of refilling gas cylinders which lacked brand ownership consent.

While responding to the request by the four, EPRA through its Director-General Robert Oimeke stated that the suspects were to carry on with their charges. 

Oimeke also noted that the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Directorate for Public Prosecution (DPP) Offices were also against the request and thus the issue ought to be treated with, "the seriousness it deserves and the accused preferred charges accordingly."

Swift Energy Distributors' dealer Salimin, operating in Mavoko, Machakos County was arrested on November 29, 2019, and charged alongside three others namely, Musa Ali, Daniel Wachira and Evanson Kinuthia.

They all denied the charge against them for attempting to refill gas cylinders without a brand owner's licence. 

The cylinders included Pro Gas, K-Gas, Total Gas as well as Afri-Gas. 

Another accusation against the four included failure have well-kept records as per 2019 Petroleum Regulations Act, which they also denied before being freed on bond by Mavoko law court.

EPRA Director-General noted that it was not the first the four were facing such a crime. 

"The authority is also aware that such major offences constitute breach of terms and conditions of the license issued to the accused and the Petroleum Act 2019. The authority, therefore, has no intentions of withdrawing the above subject case," read part of EPRA's Director-General letter addressed to DCI and DPP.