Director of Public Prosecution, Noordin Haji has through a report acknowledged that police are a major impediment in the prosecution of police brutality cases.
The report was submitted to the Senate Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights on Wednesday, September 8.
In the document, Haji pointed out that evidence tampering, intimidation of witnesses and victims, and interference with investigations by police are the major challenges that his office faces during prosecution of police brutality cases.
The DPP noted that there have been incidents, where officers involved in crime tamper with or destroy evidence, as they try to conceal their involvement, hindering prosecution.
“For instance, in cases involving police shooting, the ballistic examination is normally impaired due to lack of bullet cartridges as evidence as they are often removed from the scene,” the DPP said.Police assault a Kenyan on March 27, 2020, as the nationwide curfew commencedFile
He noted that police officers harass and intimidate victims and witnesses of crime, preventing them from reporting.
“Most victims are also profiled and labeled as criminals to the community so as to avoid a reaction from the public and defeat justice. In other cases, police often prefer trumped-up charges against victims in a bid to conceal their crime,” Haji noted.
He pointed out that the lawbreakers are often protected by their superiors and colleagues, as they act as an accessory to concealment of their crime or provide alibis for each other.
Haji while to a letter from the Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights committee dated August 27, 2021, added that they take seriously cases involving police brutality and will ensure cases are addressed and that the perpetrators are held accountable.
“So far, the ODPP has conducted inquiries on extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances at the Coast Region and in Kayole, Nairobi,” he mentioned.
In August, many police brutality cases were reported, with many resulting in loss of lives. Kenya has recorded a high number of civilians who have died while in police custody.
Needless to mention, police brutality cases have increased across the country, since the introduction of curfews courtesy of Covid-19 pandemic.
Just last month, Haji directed Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to arrest the six police officers in connection with the death of the two Kianjokoma brothers in Embu County.
The DPP issued the directive in order to prevent the officers from interfering with investigations being carried out by the IPOA. The case is ongoing.Police officers beat up a mentally challenged man at Lodwar County Referral Hospital in Turkana.criminal died harass death violence arrest
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