DPP suffers another setback in NYS case, day after 10 suspects were released

NYS case suffers new setback

DPP Noordin Haji

National Youth Service (NYS) scandal case on Tuesday failed to commence after the defense counsel requested for more time to prepare.

The case that was set to be presented before Principal Magistrate Peter Ooko failed to happen, after the defense team argued that the changes made by the prosecution team were too sudden and required time to consult with their clients.

The counsel had their request accepted and granted three days to have everything in order.

The judge further directed the prosecution team to give specific documents to the defense counsel to enable the case to proceed.

Ooko however warned the prosecution team over the introduction of new documents in the case unless they had sought leave from the court.

Ten suspects released

This comes a day after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji withdrew corruption charges against 10 suspects involved in the second National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

The move by the tough talking Haji saw the number of suspects reduce to 20 from the initial 38 after 8 more suspects were freed in October 2018.

The DPP on Monday directed that in the event of emergence of new evidence, the suspects would be rearrested.

The case was dropped in accordance to section 87A of the Criminal Procedure Code.

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