Botswana: DPP orders further investigations in Kalafatis’ killing

john_kalafatisThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Leatile Dambe has instructed the police to conduct further investigations into the killing of John Kalafatis.(pictured : John Kalafatis)

Dambe has ordered the investigations to help her decide whether to prosecute the suspected killers. The police submitted their final report of the probe into the murder to her early this month. Kalafatis was gunned down by suspected state security agents in Extension 12 in Gaborone in May.

“The DPP has carefully studied the docket and consulted the Attorney General in accordance with section 51A (6) of the Constitution. On the basis of the information contained in the docket, the DPP has referred the docket back to the police with specific directions for further investigations, which will inform further legal action to be undertaken,” the DPP principal public relations officer, Abigail Hlabano told Mmegi this week. She said the docket reached the DPP’s office last week Wednesday.

One of the lawyers for the Kalafatis family, Duma Boko welcomed the decision of the DPP to refer the matter to the police for further investigations. “We await the decision of the DPP. It is that decision that will determine the next course of action,” he added.

Boko and another lawyer for the Kalafatis family, Dick Bayford have indicated that if Dambe does not prosecute, they will launch a private prosecution to bring the killers to book.

Boko said that before the docket was forwarded to the DPP, he had written a letter to the police seeking an update on the investigations and offering to assist. He said the police never responded to their offer of help. “We hope that information furnished to the DPP has not been tampered with,” said Boko. He said that the family hopes that the Kalafatis’s killing will be rigorously investigated.

Mmegi Online

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