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DCI investigates the hardcore prisoner scandal on the parole list

Kamiti Maximum Prison inmates at a past function.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has stopped the release of 120 felonies under the President's Forgiveness Scheme. DCI has subsequently launched an investigation into alleged bribery of prominent prison officials who chose prisoners to be released.

The decision to stop the release of prisoners was reached after DCI conducted a fingerprint analysis, only to find that in the list there were hard prisoners who were not eligible to be released under presidential forgiveness.


"As law enforcement agencies, we note with concern that most convicted criminals find their way back to a society where they continue to commit crimes in an even more gruesome way," DCI said.

Police suspected that the criminals on the list might have bribed prison authorities to put them on the pardon list.

The agency led by George Kinoti has recommended that an inquiry be instituted to determine the circumstances that lead to recommendations for the forgiveness of prisoners who fail the entire process as determined.

The convicts, some with 22 direct sentences, were among prisoners who were scheduled to be released under the Power of Mercy given to the President in accordance with the 2010 Kenya Constitution.

Of the 120 convicts set for forgiveness, 82 were robberies with perpetrators of violence, 22 convicted of murder and 11 were jailed for other violations.

In addition, the majority of them are aged between 32 and 50 and there are fears that these people could easily return to a life of crime if released from prison.

DCI now wants the current Power of Mercy committee to include representatives from DCI, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the Ministry of Domestic Coordination and Government Coordination, among other relevant agencies that need to be scrutinized . convict cases that can be forgiven under the Power of Mercy.

In a letter to the Cabinet Secretary of the Interior Fred Matiang'i, DCI revealed that some of the convicts had many penalties and most of the violations committed by those on the list were capital.


"We received a letter from AG for the first time dated May 15, 2019, to examine 120 names of prisoners recommended by prison inmates to the Power of Mercy Committee.

"The team of forensic fingerprint experts conducted an analysis of 120 convicts as stated in the AG letter. It was determined that some prisoners had many previous convictions and most of the violations were capital in nature. The report is attached here for easy reference, "the letter read in part.

DCI rejects that prison authorities violate the provisions of Section 22 of the Strength of Compassion Act in their consideration of cases that are worthy of being forwarded to the Committee of Strength of Mercy for forgiveness. In determining appropriate cases, the criteria are based on age, condition of the violation, whether the convicted person is the first offender, the seriousness of the violation, the length of sentence, the length of time a detainee is in detention, the physical freshness of detainees. convict, the interests of the state and society, among others.

One of the striking cases in the first category is the 47-year-old prison guard, who has been charged and found guilty of 22 serious offenses.

He was charged for the first time at the age of nine and faced subsequent cases, including breaking into buildings, stealing and stealing motorized vehicles.

Prisoners, who were born in 1972, are repeat offenders whose last crime was committed in 2008.

Another case is that the convict is 63 years with 21 convicts.



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