Kenya Launches Guidelines on Combating Terrorism

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji

The DPP observed that the guidelines permit law enforcement bodies to conduct cross-border capacity building initiatives with the aim of facilitating knowledge transfer and strengthening relationships

By The Weekly Vision Online

The Director of Public Prosecutions in Kenya Noordin Haji Kenyan has launched guidelines on international cooperation in combating terrorism and terrorism financing.

Mr Haji said that the procedures allow local agencies to engage in mutual international cooperation to procure evidence, extradite suspects and secure witnesses in order to conduct terrorism investigations.

 “Local agencies shall ensure that the sharing of information with foreign agencies and authorities is consistent with the interests of Kenya and, in particular, national security interests,” he said.  He observed that the guidelines permit law enforcement bodies to conduct cross-border capacity building initiatives with the aim of facilitating knowledge transfer and strengthening relationships.

Patrick Njoroge, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, said that the guidelines provide for the establishment of a strict legal regime that recognizes the cross border nature of most terrorism financing

“Whenever deemed appropriate by the local agencies, a joint investigative team shall be formed in consultation with foreign agencies and authorities to assist in investigations into transnational cases of terrorism and terrorism financing,” he said. Haji revealed that international cooperation in addressing terrorism and terrorism financing may be formal or informal through partnerships with competent authorities in other jurisdictions.

Patrick Njoroge, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, said that the guidelines provide for the establishment of a strict legal regime that recognizes the cross border nature of most terrorism financing, adding Kenya’s position as a regional financial hub renders the country at an elevated risk of emerging as a terror-financing centre given its geographical proximity to terror hotspots.

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