16 January 2014

Kenyan Public Prosecutor Forms Special Unit to Fight Cyber-Crime

Kenya's Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko announced Tuesday (January 14th) that his office has established a special cyber-crime unit to fight the rising number of crimes committed by technology-savvy criminals.

"In view of the rising incidents of cyber-crime, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has established a dedicated unit to spearhead the prosecution of cyber criminals," Tobiko said, according to Kenya's The Standard. "Kenya is losing an estimated 2 billion shillings ($23.3 million) annually through cyber-crime."

However, he said, efforts to arrest and prosecute suspects were hampered by the lack of effective laws, leaving criminals free to commit cyber-crimes that threaten national security, information and communications technology infrastructure, as well as citizens' right to privacy.

"In recognising that there are inadequate laws currently in place for the prosecution of cyber-crimes, the ODPP has organised a workshop to review existing laws and develop a comprehensive draft bill on cyber-crime in line with relevant international best practices," Tobiko said, adding that he hopes to have a comprehensive cyber-crime bill finalised this year.

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