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DPP Haji denies bias in Mukhtar attempted murder case

Thursday November 22, 2018

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has rubbished claims of failing to act in the case where Garissa Governor Ali Korane is accused of alleged involvement in the shooting of Idris Mukhtar.

Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV’s News Night, Haji insisted that his decisions on cases are purely based on evidence and not on individual bias.

“I cannot manufacture evidence, it has to come from the DCI who is the person in charge of investigations,” said DPP Haji.

Mukhtar, the former Garissa Finance executive, was shot on August 19, 2018 at White Star Restaurant along Kandara Road in Kileleshwa, Nairobi.

According to the family, Mukhtar is still in a coma and was flown to India for specialised treatment.
On Tuesday evening, the DPP responded to claims that he is a family friend to the Garissa Governor and this may have altered the intensity of investigations.

Haji acknowledged that Korane is indeed an acquaintance but was categorical that it is not of consequence since he took an oath that pledges justice for all.

“I have said it very clearly, when it comes to murder I will not entertain it and the law has to take its course. When the file is brought to me, I will take the appropriate action based on the evidence that I have before me,” Haji said.

Earlier in the month, the family of Mukhtar came out accusing Haji and the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) of not investigating the case further.

“We do not have faith in the DCI, he has been influenced by some politicians,” the father, Aden Mukhtar, said.


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