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Dilemma of modern judicial systems on the law of evidence - 8 Mar 2018 19:15

Catherine Wambui

The criminal justice system in modern times is on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand are the vigorously protected rights and liberties of an accused person; on the other hand is the quest for justice for the victims of nefarious activities. Then there is the criminal justice system, whose cogs — though cutting across multiple institutions — must work in unison to deliver wholesome justice. An article by Michael Mugwang’a, ‘Let justice be proof law is not an ass (Daily Nation, February 21), demonstrates this conundrum. The writer alleged that the “Court of Appeal sitting in Nairobi had quashed a life sentence handed (down) to Elgivia Bwire Oliacha for terrorism-related offences”, clearing the way for his imminent release from prison. The article further alleged that the judges acquitted the confessed terrorist on a technicality. CHARGES While judicial officers never have to defend their court decisions in public ...
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