DPP appoints Khawar Qureshi QC as lead prosecution counsel in graft cases

Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has appointed Queen’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi to prosecute high profile graft cases.
Haji said the appointment was in line with the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act.
“Taking into account the transnational nature of the offences, the complexity and the special skills required to maintain the integrity of the process, the DPP has deemed it prudent, and has decided to appoint Khawar Qureshi, QC, and his assistants to be consultants and lead prosecution counsel on behalf of the ODPP,” stated the notice on the website of the ODPP.
According to the Serle Court website, “Khawar has consistently been recognised by the legal directories as one of the leading advocates in commercial litigation, international arbitration, public international law, administrative and constitutional law.”
His areas of expertise include: Commercial Litigation, Public International Law, Arbitration, Conciliation & Mediation, Administrative and Public Law, Regulatory and Disciplinary and Human Rights.
In September, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the government will increase funding to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution to speed up fight against corruption.
Kenya is ranked 143 out of 180 countries on the Transparency International’s 2017 corruption perception index.