Minister warns Prosecutors, Police over corruption



Deputy Minister of Justice Martinson Mathew Oturomoi(M) interacting with legal

officials at Gudele police station (Photo: Wek Atak)

By Wek Atak Kacjang

 The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has warned prosecutors and Police working in the crime section over reported cases of corruption and malpractices.

Martin son Mathew Oturomoi gave the stern warning yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to inspect custodies atGudele and Munuki police stations in Juba.

“The visit was aimed at obtaining first-hand information on the challenges facing the legal administration. We want to see the conditions of custodies,” Oturomoi said.

The deputy minister said he was interested to interact with persecutors, police officers and detainees in order to get familiarize with all functions of the criminal justice system.

He warned the police and persecutors to refrain from corrupt practices in order to handle cases with fairness, objectivity and impartiality.

Oturomoi directed prosecutors and police officers to process criminal cases promptly to avoid congestion in most cells, and to preserve the integrity of the criminal justice system.

“Prosecutors and police must treat detainees humanly and with respect to their rights,” he said.

He directed the concerned authorities to take decisions on whether to prosecute by considering the evidence and public interest consideration.

“Prosecutors must at all times exercise their prosecutorial powers with independence, fairness and impartiality. The guilty are locked up while the innocent are left free,”Oturomoi stated.

The deputy minister assured prosecutors that his ministry is committed to good working environment for all legal administrations in the country.

The deputy minister said he would visit other police centres in the nearest future.

Oturomoi was accompanied by James Mayen Oka, the Undersecretary, Director of Public Prosecution and Head of Legal Administration of former Central Equatoria State.

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