DPP issues warning over delayed justice

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji has warned officers who deliberately prolong prosecution of cases that they risk being jailed over the delays.

The DPP noted that many of the remandees had been in remand for too long yet one was presumed innocent until proven guilty.

He sympathized with remandees who have spent long days in incarceration and warned that any officer found to have wilfully delayed the dispensation of justice will be dealt with.

The DPP was speaking at the Nakuru GK Prison during the launch of the second phase of the

Noordin said that it was unfortunate that lack of an integrated criminal justice system, slow trials and inadequate legal representations were some of the factors leading to backlogs and pledged to adopt strategic interventions to reverse the trend.

The DPP further said that his department was working in collaboration with the Judiciary to implement alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in order to enhance speedy disposal of cases.

He further said that the case review programme was intended to identify gaps in the justice system with a view to identifying best practices and inclusivity of all stakeholders.

He assured the remandees that the DPP was committed to ensuring justice is served upon them.

The review process will be concluded on Friday.

Source: Kenya News Agency