Ruaraka Land Scandal Money Hidden in Mauritius - DPP

  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji on Wednesday divulged that part of the million lost in the Ruaraka Land scandal has been traced to Mauritius. 

    Speaking before Senate's Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, the DPP noted: "In the Ruaraka issue, some of the withdrawn money has been taken to Mauritius.

    "Once cash has been withdrawn, it becomes very difficult to track it," Haji noted adding that Ksh250 million of the Ruaraka Land was once withdrawn within three days. 

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    He further mentioned that they have since written a letter to the Mauritius government to facilitate, through legal assistance, to have that money returned to the Central Bank of Kenya. 

    The DPP also disclosed that they urged the Mauritius government to repatriate any suspects who may escape to their country so that they can be prosecuted in Kenya.

    However, he wondered how the banks involved in the transactions of the millions allowed such amounts of money to go through their systems without raising a flag with the CBK.

    Additionally, he stated that they (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) are working with the CBK to investigate the matter and how the money was withdrawn.

    "There must be a conspiracy between these banks and those involved in the corruption as well as public officials," Haji expressed.

    It was during his submissions where he also disclosed that he does not have sufficient evidence to prosecute the corruption suspects.

    "We are trying to catch up with the complexities of investigation and prosecution for corruption cases and financial crimes in as much as the evidence isn't sufficient.

    "We are trying to anticipate what the defense lawyers will say on the other end as it's important to think and prepare for what senior counsels like Senator James Orengo would say on the evidence presented if he was on the defense side," he exclaimed.

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