DPP Haji Warns Parliament against a proposed Anti-Spying bill

DPP Noordin Hajji | PHOTO COURTESY

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has cautioned Members of Parliament to shun a plan to block state agencies from spying.

The move by MPs, seeks to make amendments to the Data Protection Bill, 2019 which would block state agencies from accessing private data on citizens.

Haji claimed the law would backdate all steps made to fight against corruption and terrorism.

“To say there would be no spying in the country is to imply that we should not have national intelligence,” Haji claimed.

The DPP further urged financial institutions to keep reporting suspicious transactions to prevent money laundering and corruption.

He also clarified the recent introduction of the Plea bargain which elicited public debate claiming that the DPP was giving in to pressure by rogue legislators.

 

“We will only enter into a plea bargain only if one will be willing to pay back three times the money they stole and be willing to spend not less than six months in prison,” the DPP added.

A plea bargain is an agreement between a defendant and a prosecutor, in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty or “no contest” (nolo contendere) in exchange for an agreement by the prosecutor to drop one or more charges.

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