DPP Haji: If Kinoti broke the law, he'll be prosecuted

for Tv47 Digital October 31, 2022, 12:16 PM
A file photo of Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji. He says he had no ill motive while dropping charges against some high profile cases.

Former Director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti will be prosecuted if he broke any law, this is according to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.

Speaking on Sunday, October 30 night on KTN News, DPP Haji said that nobody is above the law and that Kinoti - and all other investigators who may have committed illegalities - will be brought to book.

The DPP decried the current state where some lead investigators have come out to claim that they were coerced and threatened into concocting high profile cases.

"There will be investigations on officers. If you look at some of the affidavits they have said that they were coerced and threatened. If there was coercion, then that person has to face the law," Kinoti said.

Senior detective: Kinoti pressured me

This comes days after a senior detective - who was the lead investigator in then Mathira MP and now Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua's KSh200 graft case - alleged that Kinoti pressured him and his team to quickly investigate the matter and charge the suspect.

Kuriah Obadiah, in a sworn affidavit dated October 15, 2022, claims that Kinoti would direct them to make recommendations that will enable the accused persons to face charges. Obadiah says that this made his team unable to conduct an objective and comprehensive investigations into the matter.

Consequently, Obadiah says that they were also unable to cover crucial areas of the investigations that would have shed some light on the case.

Aisha Jumwa, Kenya Power cases

Haji also defended his office for dropping some high profile cases, insisting that the decision was informed by thorough review of the evidence provided by the DCI.

"For Aisha Jumwa’s case, we asked for evidence and it has never been availed. We had to then review the case and withdraw it. For the Kenya Power case, the evidence was never availed; the investigating officer refused to come to court to give evidence. We had to make a decision," he added.

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