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Daily Nation : February 27th 2014
16 | National News BY NATION REPORTER Kenyan prosecutors and investiga- tors will be trained on how to treat terror suspects by a UN agency. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) launched the programme yesterday with financing from the government of Denmark. The course seeks to train officers on weaknesses that suspects use to evade justice. Dr Reychad Abdool, the Officer-incharge of UNDOC East Africa office told participants in Nairobi that the series of workshops will refresh the skills of investigators and show them how to collect evidence the international way. “The importance of compliance with human rights in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of crimes arises not only in the context of terrorism, but also in many other areas of transnational organised crime,” he said. Yesterday, UNDOC was hosting its first of several training workshops for counter-terrorism agencies, human rights advocates, criminal investigators, Office of Director of Public Prosecutions workers, lawyers and other judicial officers directly involved in dealing with terror suspects. Terror attacks According to a brief on the work- shops, participants will learn the human rights aspects of the criminal justice system. The workshops will last until the end of this month and issues such as beating up suspects, denying them legal representation, forcing confessions out of them as well as revealing identities of witnesses will be addressed. The training comes after recent ter- rorist attacks on Kenya, and other parts of East Africa. Since October 2011, there have been 28 terrorist attacks by Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, in East Africa. Eighteen of those have occurred in Kenya. In September last year, gunmen attacked the Westgate DAILY NATION Thursday February 27, 2014 UN agency trains prosecutors on how to treat terror suspects Mall in Nairobi in which 70 people were killed and 200 others injured in a four-day siege. Although several suspects have ben charged in court, the government admits that errors in investigation and prosecution have led to the dismissal of the cases. “The prosecutor in balancing rights for example can put in place measures to conceal the identity of the witnesses,” said Mr Edwin Okello, the assistant director of public relations. MENACE | Kenya a major transit route Tanzania leads in illegal ivory trade: Interpol Kenya faced much lower rates of poaching last year due to tighter laws, says new report BY SAMUEL KARANJA @Wachege1 firstname.lastname@example.org gion, a new report by Interpol shows. By comparison, Kenya faced T much lower rates of poaching in 2013 due to extensive law enforcement by the security agencies. At the same time, the port of Mombasa accounted for the largest volume of seizures in Africa, with a total of more than 10 tonnes of illegal ivory intercepted between January and October last year. According to the report, which was released yesterday, about 30 elephants are killed in Tanzania daily, amounting to more than 10,000 yearly. International markets “A significant portion of ivory illicitly trafficked to international markets, especially in Asia, is derived from elephant population in Tanzania,” said the report. An estimated 22,000 el- ephants were killed illegally in Africa in 2012, representing a slight reduction from the estimated 25,000 jumbos poached in 2011. Tanzania’s elephant popula- tion has continued to plummet in recent years. In Selous game reserve, which boasted the world second largest elephant population at 70,000 elephants in 2006, the numbers dropped to an estimated 39,000 in 2009 and currently stand at 13,084. “Moreover, the elephant population in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park has declined by 44 per cent since 2006 and anzania is the leading source of illegal ivory in the East African re- ‘‘ 30 The number of elephants killed in Tanzania daily, says the Interpol report The elephant population in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park has declined by 44 per cent since 2006” Interpol report now numbers approximately 20,090,” the reports states. The report, which was launched at the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi by Mr David Higgins of Environmental Crime Programme, also revealed that global large-scale ivory seizures reached record levels last year and most of these were impounded in East Africa or in transit to Asia. “Eighteen large-scale seizures (of over 500 kilogrammes) accounted for 41.6 tonnes of illicit ivory in 2013. These seizures represent increases over previous years mirroring heightened rates of elephant poaching throughout Africa,” the Interpol report adds. While poaching in Kenya has reduced due to more pressure by security agents on poachers, the country is being used as a transit route, with the Mombasa port becoming a favourite for poachers. Interpol says Uganda, though a landlocked country, is also becoming a transit route for illegal ivory mostly from Tanzania.
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