Kenya: Directorate of Criminal Investigations experts in Seychelles to unravel firearms mystery

By Samuel Ouma

The Seychelles government has invited experts from Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to offer support in the ongoing investigations involving firearms.

“On a request from the Government of Seychelles, experts drawn from our Forensic Ballistics lab and the Bomb Disposal & Hazardous materials unit are currently in Seychelles on an international assignment,” announced the DCI in a statement issued on Monday.

According to the DCI, the sleuths are testing firing firearms before returning to Kenya to conduct a comprehensive analysis at the ballistics lab and prepare a detailed report to be handed over to authorities in Seychelles.

DCI stated that the international recognition was enabled by the operationalization of its National Forensic Laboratory.

The invitation came after local authorities from Seychelles arrested a suspect with a cache of different types of firearms and an assortment of over 35,000 different calibre of ammunition.

The experts’ tasks include examining the cache forensically to unravel the country of origin, manufacturer, make, type and, among others, determine whether the firearms had, before their recovery, been used to commit crimes.

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