Adjudication of Counter Terrorism Cases Blog

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In today’s rapidly evolving global security landscape, terrorism poses a significant threat to the safety and well-being of communities worldwide. The effective adjudication of counter-terrorism cases is paramount in upholding justice and sending a strong message that acts of terrorism will not go unpunished. By holding perpetrators of terrorism accountable through fair and transparent judicial processes, we not only deliver justice to victims and their families but also deter future acts of terrorism.

It is against this background that the AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism in Eastern, Southern, Central Africa and Yemen (AML-CFT-ESCAY), United States Department of Justice, (USDoJ) and the Kenya Judiciary Academy (KJA) organized two workshops on the Adjudication of Counter Terrorism for Magistrates and Judges which took place on 8th – 10th February 2024 in Naivasha, Kenya and 17th – 19th April 2024 in Mombasa, Kenya respectively.

The workshops brought together 29 Magistrates and 30 Judges from various court stations across the country. The workshops aimed at building the capacity of the Judicial Officers to effectively handle counter-terrorism cases; enable the multi-agencies appreciate the challenges faced; and to forge collaborative strategies to fight against terrorism.

Speaking during the Judges workshop in Mombasa, Kenya Mr. Chukukere Unamba-Oparah, AGA-Africa Programme and Country Coordinator for Kenya noted that in this fight against a global menace, the role of adjudication cannot be overemphasized. “Judges serve as the guardians of justice, tasked with upholding the law, protecting human rights, and ensuring accountability” he said.

Echoing this sentiment, Mr. Renson M. Ingonga, Director of Public Prosecutions underscored the essence of continuous learning for law enforcement officers in Counter – Terrorism “ This training represents an opportunity for us to share and draw lessons from our experiences with a view to synchronize our counter-terrorism initiatives and strategies as criminal justice actors” he noted.

In his key note address, Hon. Justice Dr. Smokin Wanjala, CBS, Supreme Court Judge & Director General KJA emphasized that the importance of this training cannot be gainsaid. “The complex and evolving nature of terrorism and the threats thereof that we face today demands that we adapt and constantly build our capacities in handling CT cases. It is my sincere hope that at the end of this training, we will be fully armed with the requisite skill to effectively adjudicate counter terrorism cases while balancing the rights of accused persons, the victims and public interest” he emphasized.

The Interactive sessions were facilitated by Hon. Justice Luka Kimaru, Court of Appeal Judge, Hon. Justice James Wakiaga, High Court Judge, Hon. Lady Justice Diana Rachel Mochache, High Court Judge, Mr. Saitoti Ole Maika, Director General, Financial Reporting Centre, Mr. Alexander Muteti, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Nicholas Kimanthi, Assistant Superintended of Police, Mr. Jody Young, Resident Legal Advisor USDoJ, Ms. Jennifer Gatiri, Deputy Director, Legal Services & Corporation Secretary Asset Recovery Agency, Dr. Rosalind Nyawira, Director National Counter Terrorism Centre, Mr. Harrison Kiarie, Senior Prosecution Counsel, Mr. Kevin Muhinga, Counter-terrorism Analyst Joint Counter Terrorism Analysis Centre and Ms. Edna Odera, Behavior Change Communication Consultant.

Workshop Outcome

Through this workshop the participants:

  1. Enhanced their knowledge and understanding on the role of the court in the multi-agency in the fight against terrorism
  2. Equipped themselves with knowledge on the Judicial expectations of admissible evidence in terrorism cases
  3. Were equipped with the knowledge on the legal framework on terrorism cases in Kenya.

 

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