The National Intelligence Service has fingered the Diamond Trust Bank over links to money laundering and terrorism financing.
According to the highly guarded report, the bank has been accused of knowingly aiding terrorism and demanded an immediate investigation into the allegations and prosecution of senior officials including CEO Naseem Devji.
Diamond trust bank, Last year, was under the director of public prosecutions’ magnifying glass as one of the main banks in the country that fail to comply with the central bank of Kenya’s prudential guidelines on moving money.
A furious Noordin Haji described the money laundering bank as a notorious institution.
Appearing before the parliamentary committee on justice and legal affairs, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said the bank leads in aiding and abetting of terrorism and that his office will prosecute officers in financial institutions a do not adhere to the central bank of Kenya’s prudential guidelines.
Mr. Haji pointed out the case of Diamond Trust Bank, Eastleigh Branch where he said the bank manager failed to do due diligence when one of their customers was withdrawing over Ksh.50 million in a week.
He claimed the bank is notorious in aiding crimes, further stating that the bank failed to provide CCTV footage of withdrawals.
Then there was the bombshell by Noordin claiming that the bank has been trying to run around and lobbying in order to stop his office from prosecuting those linked to those crimes.
The CEO of Diamond Trust Bank Naseem Devji was arrested on Friday 1st of February 2019 and was taken in to record a statement by the Anti Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU).
Ms. Devji didn’t not sleep in the cells on the night of 1st because immense pressure was exerted by the Aga Khan community in Kenya, beginning with a telephone call from the Aga Khan himself to Statehouse.
On the following day, there was an emergency board meeting called by Diamond Trust Bank to brainstorm on ways to respond to the matter. It was decided that all editors be bribed to black out this information, and being that DTB is a major advertiser in the mainstream media, it was easy for them to subdue media editors with brown envelopes.
Secondly, it was decided that the company should not respond to Cyprian Nyakundi’s article but instead launch a smear campaign against bloggers, calling for their regulation, a move which has backfired severally.
On hand to offer his help in the matter was Nation Media Group Chairman Wilfred Kiboro who immediately instructed the Group Editor to launch a series of shows, meant to drum-beat this sterile agenda.
Money from Diamond Trust and other sources including the various Forex Bureaus owned by Aga Khan like Muthaiga Forex, ABC Forex, etc bombarded the law enforcement and prosecutor’s arm of the Government, that charges were amended and down-graded from terrorism to money-laundering, something the NIS report questions.
It is extremely unfortunate how money is prioritized over the lives of Kenyans in this country. That simply because Aga Khan has money and is a frequent visitor at Statehouse, the law will be put in the back-burner, just to safeguard his interests and overlook our interests as citizens.
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