The prosecution failed to account for original documents it carted away from the police department at the height  of investigation, a trial court has heard.

An attempt to produce  photocopies by the prosecution  was shot down after the court upheld an objection by the defence.

Levin Mwandi, a former ballistics boss who was in charge of procurement and distribution, acccountability and oversaw the E-Cops project for the modernisation of police surveillance equipment confirmed the original documents in question were forwarded to the EACC upon request.

He said the documents were retrieved from the police secret registry.

“Original letters were forwarded to KACC(EACC)…they have them,” he said.

Objection was raised against production of copies of the originals that were forwarded to EACC.

The witness said the police had identified needs for improved surveillance as confirmed by a letter my the then commissioner of police (rtd) Major Gen Ali.

True position

Former principal records management officer, who was in charge  of govt. classified documents in the office of the President Philip Terkech Kipkemoi Langat also told the court he received letters from the then Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), requesting for various documents related to the security projects that had been handled by OP.

“Occasionally, KACC officers would come for the originals of some of the documents, I had previously issued certified copies… I would hand over the original documents or file containing the documents to KACC officers,” Langat said.

The witness would not confirm if all the documents he received were certified true copies of the originals but he confirmed “some were not original copies.”

He was at pains to deny or agree that “the documents presented in court do not reflect the true position.”

Only one document, he said, was original, the others were filed copies.

Proceedings have been adjourned to  in February next year.