DPP orders scrutiny of securities by NYS suspects

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The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has directed the Director of Criminal Investigations to screen all sources of the funds presented to court by forty-seven suspects in the 468 million shilling scandal at the National Youth Service.

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The DPP wants the confirmation of the validity and legitimacy of the funds presented by the suspects, arguing that the suspects should not be allowed to walk to their freedom riding on proceeds of crime.

The DPP tabled in parliament a letter from the Assets Recovery Agency indicating that a suspect of NYS scandal whose account had 100 million shillings, had withdrawn 3 million shillings even before they were released on bail.

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The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission who appeared alongside the DPP, hailed collaboration between the anti-graft body, the DPP and Judiciary for improving the rate of dispensation of corruption cases.

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None of the forty seven suspected of involvement in the National Youth Service scandal has been released from remand prison two days after were freed on bond, as they are yet  to process their bail and bond terms.

While about ten of the suspects have paid the cash bail, the verification process according to the court, is expected to take longer.

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The suspects were on Tuesday released by the High Court on condition that they pay a bond of 5 million shillings, 2 million shillings surety and a 1 million shillings cash bail.

But in a new twist, their fate of hangs in the balance after prosecution directed that their sources of funds deposited to the court be screened.

According to the Director of Public Prosecution, some of the assets the suspects intend to use to secure their freedom have already been flagged as being linked to the current case where 468 million shillings was allegedly lost from NYS.

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In a statement, the DPP says concerns were raised by the Assets Recovery Agency, even as the suspects intend to challenge the decision by the agency to freeze their bank accounts.

The anti-corruption court on Wednesday asked the suspects to raise their bond review concerns once the hearing kicks off.

Once released, the suspects who include Public Affairs Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo and NYS Director Richard Ndubai are required to deposit their travel documents with the court and report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation offices once a week pending further orders of the trial court.

 

 

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