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DPP Takes State to Supreme Court: Financial Crimes Commission in Question



DPP Takes State to Supreme Court: Financial Crimes Commission in Question

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has lodged a revised complaint against the State at the Supreme Court, highlighting concerns over the creation of the Financial Crimes Commission (FCC).

The DPP, Mr Rashid Ahmine, criticises the lack of consultation in the drafting and adoption of the FCCA, alleging an attempt to undermine his constitutional powers.

His predecessor, Satyajit Boolell, initiated the legal action against the subordination of the DPP’s office to the Attorney General.

The DPP expressed dissatisfaction over being consulted late in the process and receiving a significantly altered version of the bill.

Despite requesting explanations at a meeting with government officials, he felt his concerns were not adequately addressed.

He sent an official letter to the Attorney General to voice his objections about the lack of consultation and changes made to the bill without his approval.

The DPP, represented by a team of Senior Counsel and Attorneys, contends that the FCCA’s adoption is an attempt to usurp his constitutional functions.

The case is set to be heard on February 20, 2024, allowing the State to present its position on the matter.

The FCC bill was pushed through the National Assembly with urgency, given its assent by the President of the Republic but is yet to be implemented.

The DPP’s ongoing legal battle reflects broader tensions surrounding the establishment of the FCC and the allocation of prosecutorial powers between different governmental bodies.

Source: Defi Media

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