Bensouda has evidence Ruto bribed ICC witnesses
26 June 2015, 15:39
Nairobi - ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says that she has evidence that DP William Ruto bribed witnesses to forego their evidence in his crimes against humanity trial.
Bensouda says that because of the bribery scandal, six witnesses recanted their evidence thus putting the trial in jeopardy.
Senior trial attorney Anton Steynberg believes that the evidence that was recanted because Ruto had a hand in it and thus wants the trial judges to admit the original evidence into the case.
" We have evidence from certain witnesses relating to attempts to bribe
them and in the analogy of attempts to bribe other witnesses," he said Thursday at the Hague as the prosecution sought to defend its application to have the initial evidence admitted in the trial.
Steynberg also insisted that the prosecution had gathered evidence
from witnesses who disclosed that attempts had been made to bribe them.
" We have put up a number of recorded conversations which demonstrate
the pattern of interference and also we demonstrate the link between the
interference and persons who at least claim to be acting on behalf of
Mr Ruto," he stated.
Trial Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji however warned the prosecution that the evidence would have to be very strong to have any chance of being used in efforts to show the court that Ruto had indeed played a part in the withdrawal of the statements.
" We are looking at evidence of nexus to the accused directly or
indirectly or evidence of concessions which the interference resulted in
witnesses disappearing or dying maybe not even dying but concession in
the sense that the witness has shown up but does not want to testify
fully," he stated.
Bensouda and her team insist that the evidence recanted is important to the case and that if not admitted would see the end of the case.
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