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DNA forensics help convict Kenyan rapists.

Global Options Group : 01 April, 2008  (Application Story)
Violence towards Kenyan women is being reduced thanks to the use of GlobalOptions Group DNA services for gathering forensic evidence used in the conviction of sexual offenders.
GlobalOptions Group has announced that its Bode Technology operating unit is providing forensic DNA services to Nairobi Women's Hospital of Kenya and CSI Nairobi in an effort to help convict offenders and to reduce violence against women in Kenya.

It has been estimated that more than 1200 women have been raped and 500 others have been killed in Kenya. The violence broke out following Kenya's disputed presidential election at the end of December. Most victims are afraid to report these crimes because they have little confidence in the ability of law enforcement to prosecute the perpetrators.

In order to convict these offenders, Bode Technology has teamed up with CSI Nairobi and the Nairobi Women's Hospital of Kenya to collect, catalog and test the DNA samples. Bode, world-renowned for its DNA analysis capabilities, will assist in the analysis of the cases associated with known, suspected rapists. In addition, Bode Technology has provided DNA collection kits to forensic experts in Kenya.

The ability of DNA testing to hold individuals accountable for their actions has been widely demonstrated in other nations. However, this will be the first time DNA testing will be used to address accountability in Kenya. By holding individuals accountable for their actions, not only are past crimes and violence addressed, but future violence could be deterred.

"Bode Technology's DNA testing capability in this effort is critical," said Kinyanjui Murigi, CEO of CSI Nairobi. "This will provide the indisputable evidence necessary to convict suspects and to help reduce these crimes against women from happening in the future."

"The collection and testing of DNA samples during a time of active conflict is a marked advancement in the use of DNA testing and has the potential of deterring future violence," said Howard Safir, Chief Executive Officer of Bode Technology and former New York City Police Commissioner.

"It's extremely rewarding to use our DNA analysis capabilities to help the people of Kenya have a more secure future and to provide an avenue to address past crimes,' said Ed Huffine, Vice President, Humanitarian Services/International Development of Bode Technology. According to Mr Huffine, who has extensive experience in the establishment of DNA databases in post-conflict settings around the world, "the development of forensic missions within other nations requires frequent interaction with the political, scientific and diplomatic leaders of those nations, a model we're trying to accomplish in Nairobi to prevent potential future victimization of its women and children."

Bode has the technology, ability and capacity to help victims in Kenya. It can also help CSI Nairobi establish protocols for collecting DNA samples and for testing the samples. Once the funds are made available, Bode will establish a testing and cataloging system in Kenya.
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