Tanzania: DPP Drops Money Laundering Case of Six People

THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has dropped the money laundering charge in the economic trial of six people allegedly linked with theft of 164,160,000 litres of diesel valued at 246bn/- at Kigamboni area in Dar es Salaam.

This was revealed at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court last Friday when the trial came for mention. State Attorney Ester Martin told Senior Resident Magistrate in Charge Godfrey Isaya that the DPP decided to drop the charge as per section 91 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA).

She informed the court that the DPP, under the provision in question, would not further prosecute the accused persons in respect to the charge of money laundering. Under the circumstances, therefore, the accused persons would face only three counts.

After the court had endorsed the DPP’s decision, the trial attorney made substitution of the charge sheet and read over the remaining counts to the accused persons. They include damaging property used for the purpose of providing necessary service, stealing and occasioning loss to a specified authority.

The accused persons were not allowed to enter a plea to the charges because the case falls under the Economic and Organised Crime Control Act. The magistrate reminded them that his court still lacked jurisdiction to entertain anything, including the question of bail.

He said that the case against the accused persons would be tried by the Economic, Corruption and Organized Crime Division of the High Court. The lower court could try the matter only upon securing consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).