Kenya cops open fire to scare anti-graft of­fi­cers

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NAIROBI: Kenyan po­lice helped two col­leagues who has been ar­rested for sus­pected cor­rup­tion es­cape cus­tody by fir­ing warn­ing shots to scare off anti-graft of­fi­cers hold­ing them.

The two of­fi­cers, who work for the Direc­torate of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions, were ar­rested in Nairobi on Wed­nes­day evening in a sting op­er­a­tion by anti-graft of­fi­cers try­ing to trap them with a 100,000 shilling (RM4,085) bribe, the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion said on its Twit­ter feed.

“The two sus­pects ... were ar­rested & hand­cuffed but were res­cued by their col­leagues from Ka­bete Po­lice Sta­tion who fired sev­eral rounds of am­mu­ni­tion as warn­ing shots to fa­cil­i­tate the es­cape.

“Of­fi­cers es­caped with Kshs 100,000 trap money while hand­cuffed.”

The ab­scon­ders were be­ing hunted, it said.

The two of­fi­cers were wanted in con­nec­tion with de­mand­ing a one mil­lion shilling bribe from a for­eigner, the agency said.

The po­lice in Kenya are of­ten ranked among the coun­try’s most cor­rupt in­sti­tu­tions, but us­ing force to se­cure the re­lease of col­leagues de­tained on sus­pi­cion of cor­rup­tion was ap­par­ently un­prece­dented.

Anti-graft NGO Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional-Kenya ranked the po­lice force as the most bribery-prone in­sti­tu­tion in its 2017 East African Bribery In­dex.

Kenya was ranked 143 out of 180 in the Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional 2017 Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tions In­dex. – Reuters

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