Police officers cover up rogue colleagues after criminal activities, DPP Haji reveals

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 9 Sep, 2021 10:41 | 2 mins read
A crime scene. [PHOTO | FILE]
A crime scene. PHOTO/FILE
A crime scene. [PHOTO | FILE]

Rogue police officers are being protected by their colleagues within the Kenya Police Service.

This is according to Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji who tabled a report to the Senate Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights on Wednesday, September 8.

In the report, Haji confirmed that whenever his office is pursuing rogue cops, the cases are marred by evidence tampering, interference with investigations and intimidation of witnesses and victims.

The DPP in his arguments that shocked the committee further said that officers in some cases tamper with evidence making it hard to corner them in court.

His report comes just a day after the last witness in the murder case of Lawyer Willy Kimani testified in court.

“In cases where police officers are accused of shooting civilians, the ballistic examination is normally impaired due to lack of bullet cartridges as evidence as they are often removed from the scene,” he said in his report.

According to him, victims are usually intimidated by officers and even warned not to make any complaints.

He said that in some instances, the victims end up being labelled as criminals within the society making it even harder for them to be believed in the quest to pursue justice.

He also cited other instances where police officers take the victims to the court on trumped-up charges against the victims with the aim of concealing their criminal activities.

“Police officers who break the law are usually protected by their superiors and colleagues,” the DPP said.

The country has in the recent past witnessed an upsurge in the number of cases where police officers are involved in crime.

Such cases have grown to an extent of attracting the attention of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti and Haji.

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