Judiciary to form a special court to tackle international crimes
27 November 2014, 15:22
Mombasa - Kenya may soon have an international organized crime division in the high court to handle international crime-related cases and organized crimes.
This is bound to happen if the ongoing consultations between the Judiciary and stakeholders in the justice system receives a positive reaction.
Speaking to the press in a public forum in Mombasa, the Judiciary committee member representative, Bobby Mkangi said the IOCD will capacitate the judiciary to handle profiled specific crime act and also reduce the backlog of cases in Kenyan courts.
“This new division will handle international related cases that happen within the jurisdiction of Kenya like organized crimes, counterfeiting, terrorism, drug trafficking and cybercrime which seem to be affecting the world at the moment,” said Mkangi.
Mkangi said the IOCD is consulting with the stakeholders in the justice system to ensure that their input is put into account before approval is made for it to commence with its functions.
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“We are consulting with the local mwanachi, the civil society the directorate of public prosecution and the national police service to have their input onboard,” added Mkangi.
He however denied claims that the new division is being created to phase out the ICC, saying IOCD is being created to add capacity and specialization in the Kenyan Judiciary.
Mkangi said the IOCD will speed up the process of acquiring justice in the Kenyan judiciary system and also tackle international crimes.
“This will also improve the security of our economy since the courts will be well equipped to handle drug trafficking cases, organized crime and terrorism which seem create a backlog at the Kenyan courts,” said Mkangi.
He urged Mombasa residents to give their contribution since the new division is meant to enhance service delivery to the local mwanachi.
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