Former land commission Muhammad Swazuri and 10 other individuals charged with corruption in a compensation deal will spend the long Easter weekend in remand.

The Anti-Corruption Court on today ordered Prof Swazuri and the other accused locked up as they await a ruling on their bail application.

Their request will be determined on Tuesday, after Christians will have marked the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The 11 were charged over alleged fraudulent compensation for the parcel the National Land Commission acquired for the construction of the Mombasa Southern Bypass and Kipevu New Highway Container Terminal link road in 2013.

The land belonging to Tornado Carriers Limited was initially valued at Sh34,501,110 in 2015 but the commission ended up paying Sh109,769,363 after Dr Swazuri ordered a second valuation.

The accused faced several charges, including corruption, conspiracy to commit an economic crime, unlawful acquisition of property, dealing with stolen property, abuse of office, financial misconduct and money laundering.