prefer charges

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State counsel Solomon Njeru told chief magistrate Margaret Wachira that he needed more time to formally prefer charges against Murigi.
This penalty is deemed by many to be too severe which may explain the reluctance to prefer charges.
10) Although the DMP's decision to prefer charges based on ordinary crimes is not uncommon amongst prosecutors internationally, (11) the charges selected by the DMP raise a number of important questions about the enforcement of IHL under Australian law.