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Queen counsel to lead graft cases

Prosecution of corruption-related cases against judicial and government officials will now be led by Queen’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi, a UK-based lawyer.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji appointed Qureshi through single-sourcing after failing

to find a suitable candidate,following an advert that was placed in local dailies last week.

Haji said the appointment is in line with the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act,which is envisaged in Article157 (9) of the Constitution and through the office of the DPP.

“Taking into account the transnational nature of the offences, the complexity and the special skills required to maintain integrity of the process, the DPP deemed it prudent and has decided to appoint Khawar Qureshi and his assistants to be the consultants and lead prosecution counsel on behalf of ODPP,” read a statement by Haji.

Gain momentum
In the advert, the DPP had sought services of a private legal counsel, but because of the complexity of most cases, the office did not find a suitable person to lead in prosecutions.
With most cases being of great public importance, as they involve top State officers, Haji maintains that a private prosecutor will be best suited for the job, adding that with the job demanding a lot of confidence from the public, the person mandated to hold the office should be able to interpret the law independently.
This year, the war against graft seems to have gained momentum with senior government officials such as Dep-
uty Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, permanent secretaries and former and current governors charged over graft-related issues.
Prof Qureshi sits in the Queen’s Counsel, a prestigious title that a lawyer earns for immense contribution in the legal practice.
He also teaches commercial law at Cambridge University and public international law at King’s College, London.
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