ICC noose tightens around Ruto's case
11 September 2015, 09:10
Nairobi - The International Criminal Court ICC has issued arrest warrants against 2 Kenyan lawyers. But why?
The two lawyers, Robert Gicheru and Franklin Bett have been officially named as wanted men by the ICC for allegedly trying their best to influence witnesses against testifying at the ICC in the case in which Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang are accused of crimes against humanity.
The revelation of their names will add to the genuine clamour and belief at the ICC that the Ruto case has been interfered with and make things tougher for Ruto, observers believe.
Ruto's case has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks, with the ICC insisting that recanted evidence be used in the prosecution's plea versus Ruto and now the revelation that more Kenyans are on the way to the Hague for questioning.
" I think that the warrants will not sound good to Ruto and his team because as it seems, there is now genuine belief that there has been tampering of evidence within the ICC," Lawyer Juma Nkizera told News24.
" The fact that the ICC is issuing arrest warrants and not summons means that they are certain that those named were involved."
" It reflects badly on Ruto and the case in general and I think its a blow for him," he added.
Journalist Walter Barasa is also among those named by the ICC but on the other hand, he has failed to travel to the Hague as he has fought to have the warrant quelled in court.
Nkizera says that the longer it takes for Kenya to hand over the trio means that it will reflect badly for the country after previous accusations that it was not cooperating with the court.
" It will mean that now the warrants are unsealed, the country risks being told that it is not cooperating if it chooses not to help the ICC arrest the trio," he continues.
" That is not something the government wants to deal with after all the progress made in recent times regarding international relations," he adds.
It is not yet clear what action the government will take on the three, with the Attorney General's office set to make a statement on the matter Friday.
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