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DPP Haji explains how fines are calculated for corruption suspects

Formula used to calculate fines at corruption court

DPP Noordin Haji speaking during a consultative forum with religious leaders (Twitter)

DPP Noordin Haji has outlined the formula that is used when courts administer fines to corruption suspects.

While addressing a forum attended by religious leaders on Wednesday, the DPP outlined that the fine is normally three times the amount in question.

"If you steal Sh20 million, you will be fined Sh60 million - thrice the amount you stole," the DPP stated.

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DPP Haji also addressed concerns over how high-profile personalities are handled when arrested in connection to graft.

"The law is very clear. We don’t have white- and blue-collar suspects. Criminal suspects are suspects in general," he stated.

Threats and intimidation of ODPP officers

The DPP also detailed the challenges experienced while investigating high-profile individuals chief among them, intimidation.

"Officers prosecuting high-profile cases are being intimidated. They say they are being followed home, receiving phone calls and being tracked. Some of their homes are even being broken into," he stated.

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He also explained that investigations take a long time to complete urging the public to have realistic expectations of the departments.

"Investigations into these cases typically take six months to as long as two years. They often require the combined efforts of as many as 30 to 40 experts, ranging from detectives to prosecutors and forensic investigators.

"It is not a straightforward matter as people think. ODPP officers prosecute everything under the sun, from corruption to witchcraft," he stated.

The DPP has been vocal about threats he has also received in the line of duty asserting that he will not be intimidated.

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"I have received threats, but this is not the first time. I worked with the NIS (National Intelligence Service) and I received threats from the Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda. They used to threaten even my family.

"We all have an expiry date and frankly, if I have to die for this cause, then so be it. Nothing would be more fulfilling. I am determined to see this to the end, for God and for my country," he stated during a past interview.

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