AG Muigai urges cooperation to fight global crimes

Tuesday May 24 2016

Attorney-General Githu Muigai during the Colloquium for State Counsel at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi on March 30, 2016. Prof Muigai on Monday stressed the need for international cooperation in combating terrorism, corruption and other transnational organised crimes.  PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Attorney-General Githu Muigai during the Colloquium for State Counsel at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi on March 30, 2016. Prof Muigai on Monday stressed the need for international cooperation in combating terrorism, corruption and other transnational organised crimes. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

STELLA CHERONO
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Attorney-General Githu Muigai on Monday stressed the need for international cooperation in combating terrorism, corruption and other transnational organised crimes.

Prof Muigai said it was important for states to exchange legal instruments such as mutual legal assistance, extradition and technical assistance.

The AG was speaking at the 25th session of the Commission of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna, Austria.

“I must emphasise the importance of timely exchange of information, intelligence and relevant data on terrorism, corruption, transnational organised crime such as trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, drug trafficking and emerging crimes as constituting the basis of crime prevention,” the AG said.

He expressed his concerns on the increasing acts of terrorism and the resultant indiscriminate loss of lives and livelihoods globally.

“These are the issues dominating the global security agenda and there is need to critically strategise on how to deal with them together,” Prof Muigai said.

The AG, who is leading a leading a Kenyan delegation to Vienna, said the country remains committed to utilising international instruments to combat terrorism, prevent crime and ensure criminal justice.

“These are already enshrined in our legislation which incorporates international conventions against corruption and transnational organised crime. As a country, we are also committed in establishing and strengthening of our institutions to combat these crimes,” he stated.

On the concerns of Kenya attaining an efficient and effective criminal justice system, the AG said Kenya is continually reviewing laws, legislating new ones as well as reforming justice and law enforcement institutions.

“The process of training and building the capacity of our criminal justice practitioners in the country is ongoing, with a view to effectively address crime and ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” he assured.

MONEY LAUNDERING

Prof Muigai said the country is enforcing anti-money laundering laws and countering the financing of terrorism, adding that the country had also taken steps to regulate all financial institutions and banks to avert money laundering and stop financial support to terrorists.

This, he said was is in fulfilment of Article 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that calls for the strengthening of relevant national institutions in developing countries.

The AG said Kenya had a commitment to reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organised crime through the establishment of the Assets Recovery Agency.

Kenya is in the process of reviewing of the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy to take into account the challenges of terrorism.

On the country’s decision to close the Dadaaab refugee camp, Prof Muigai said the camps had been abused over the years by being used to promote radical ideologies that threatened the security of the country.

The country has called for the UN General Assembly to review the 1951 Refugee Convention as a way of addressing Kenya’s concerns on refugee camps.

Kenya made an appeal for strengthening of prison rehabilitation programmes, observing that prisons should not be used as incubators of violent extremism.