18 July 2014

Kenya: Anglo Leasing Files Given to Switzerland

Photo: Times of Zambia
Court gavel.

The Ethics and Anti Corruption has handed over evidence on five active Anglo Leasing files to the Switzerland government. EACC vice chairperson Irene Keino yesterday led a team of high profile anti-corruption officials to Attorney General Githu Muigai's office, where they handed over 12 box files of evidence to the Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud.

Ambassador Pitteloud said the fast response by the Kenyan government to the the Swiss government's request for legal assistance is encouraging.

"The way the legal assistance was responded to by Kenya was very fast. This is the same way and any answers from Switzerland will be fast. It is a new chapter of cooperation and the quality of work is very good. It is our turn to work now. There is no possibility of interference in the case because our judicial system is very different," he said.

The ambassador said the prosecution in Switzerland will be very excited with the fresh information related to their case probing money laundering.

He said the case in Switzerland relies on the proof by Kenya that the source of the money was criminal.

"It is important to find out from the Kenyan government whether the money was obtained through criminal means. The courts will advice whether it is criminal," Pitteloud said.

Githu said the EACC has been conducting investigations into the Anglo Leasing saga for seven years and has collected sufficient evidence, which they are sharing with the Swiss government.

"The information sought is related to what is contained in the five live cases, which the Swiss want to use in their own investigations. The investigations are related to money laundering. EACC is at the tail end of the investigations. We are happy to give our own dozen of box files," he said.

The handing over of files comes hardly four days after businessman Deepak Kamani and his two brothers, Chamanlal Kamani and Rashmi Kamani, had gone to court to stop the Kenyan government from releasing information, which would help the Swiss government to prosecute them.

The AG received the mutual legal assistance request through a letter dated June 3, and indicated that he would give the information.

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