Sunday, May 9, 2021

Break in at DPP, high profile files stolen

Botswana Police are investigating a break in at the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) Friday night, and it is feared that a number of dockets involving high profile figures may have been stolen. The Attorney General (AG) and Directorate on Public Prosecution (DPP) convened an emergency meeting yesterday morning (Saturday) after it was discovered that the DPP library and records office had been broken into and important files stolen.
Sunday Standard investigations have established that a number of docket files and computers were stolen during the burglary.
DPP Director Leonard Sechele would neither confirm nor deny the break in saying he was not mandated to speak to the press.
“We have agreed that I should not give information to the press. It must go out through the Public Relations Office,” said Sechele. The Public Relations Officer could not be reached at the time of going to press.
Sources told Sunday Standard that senior managers from the AGs and DPP convened an emergence meeting on Saturday after learning that DPP offices were broken into.
They are reported to have discovered that windows at the DPP offices were broken into and called officers from the Botswana Police Service to institute investigations. Police were Saturday still trying to make sense of how the building which is heavily manned by trained security officers could have been broken into.
A source said preliminary investigations have revealed that offices that were broken into and had their computers and files stolen are those belonging to the library and records department.
“As we speak we have not yet established if other offices were also broken into because the senior management of the DPP was not in town on Saturday when the police started their investigations. But what I can say is that the suspects seem to be people who were armed with inside information and they knew what exactly they were after,” said the source.
The source could not rule out the possibility that docket of high profile cases could have also been stolen.
“There is growing suspicion that dockets of high profile cases have been stolen by the suspects. These were people on a mission, nothing else,” said the source.
Information passed to Sunday Standard indicates that the DPP is in possession of dockets implicating high profile individuals who are likely to be dragged before court, among them Directorate of Intelligence and Security, Isaac Kgosi and some senior government and parastatal officials .

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