Court Of Appeal Suspends Ruling That Gave DPP Powers To Draft Charge Sheets
Court of appeal has issued orders stopping the implementation of a judgement issued by a superior court conferring powers to the office of Director of Public Prosecution to sign charge sheets and present them to the criminal court.
The President of the court of Appeal Daniel Musinga , Justice Agnes Murgor and Justice Fatuma Sichale said the judgement of Anthony Murima dated May 24th stands stayed pending the hearing and determination of the appeal before them.
The legal interpretation of the court of appeal orders means that the signing of charge sheets reverts back to the police and DPP will not draft or append his signature on the charge of sheet.
The lawyers lead by Senior Counsel Danstan Omari ,Omayio Aranga and Martiner Swigger said orders have been given back the authority by investigating agency to carry out their duty as provided for in the constitution.
“The orders by the appellate court means that as a traditional, the charge sheets will be drafted by the police and all those who took plea with a defective charge sheets may take a fresh plea” Swigger said.
The decision of the appeal court arose from an appeal filed by the office of attorney General Director of Public Prosecution Kenya Revenue Authority Ethics and Anticorruption Commission Kenya Human Rights Commission among others.
“These government institutions were deprived their constitutional right through the judgement of justice Mirima”added Mr Omari
The matter slated for hearing for july 17th in court of appeal.
By Rodgers Oduor