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Barasa set for Hague trial as High court throws out petition

31 January 2014, 11:34 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Journalist Walter Barasa is set to be extradited to the Hague after the High court threw out his plea to have an arrest warrant by the ICC declared null and void.

Barasa is being sought by the ICC for allegedly interfering with witnesses who were set to testify in deputy president William Ruto and Joshua Sang's trial for misdeeds to humanity.

Barasa had fought tirelessly to have the warrant dropped but the writing was on the wall once the Attorney General's office sided with the ICC on the matter and it now seems he will be sent to the Hague in accordance with the Rome statutes.

" The applicant has not displayed sufficient evidence and purpose to have the plea granted be upheld, Judge Richard Mwongo said in his ruling.

Barasa's lawyer Kibe Mwangi had earlier argued that the action taken against his client was unlawful and could not hold water under the constitution of Kenya.

The ruling now means that Barasa will face extradition to the Hague, where he will face trial for the charges laid bare in his warrant by the Hague based court.

- News24

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