Don’t block State from spying, Haji tells MPs
Suspicious transactionsHaji also asked banks to keep reporting suspicious transactions to deter money laundering and corruption. He said his office is now concentrating on prosecuting corruption cases in a thorough manner, with the option of plea bargaining being scrutinised. “We will enter into a plea bargaining agreement only if the suspect is willing to pay three times the money he stole, and to spend not less than six months in prison,” said Haji. He said in the last one year, many accused people and institutions have visited his office to enter plea agreements. Among the institutions that have chosen this bargained route to justice are banks. Haji said a number of lenders who have been accused of abetting various financial crimes, such as money laundering, have entered plea bargaining agreements. They have opted to pay fines to the Central Bank of Kenya, he said. The DPP also complained that his office is understaffed, saying he needs between 1,500 and 2,000 prosecutors to help run operations at the State agency. “Currently, we have about 900 prosecutors doing a good job. They are not enough,” said Haji.
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