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Jubilee hits back at ICC over media leaks warning

23 October 2014, 08:11 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Legislators from the ruling Jubilee coalition have warned ICC against embarrassing the government by making false accusations of revealing confidential information relating to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case to the media.

The more than 20 MPs and senators led by Senate Leader of Majority, Kithure Kindiki and his National Assembly counterpart, Aden Duale, alleged that the Persecutor’s request during the recent Status Conference for the court to postpone the ICC cases to 2017 confirms that the matter is calculated to serve political interests.

Duale said ICC’s accusation of information being leaked to the press intends to profile the government and political leadership of the nation as uncooperative with the court and obstructive to investigations in addition to portraying it to have bribed and interfered with witnesses.

“It comes as no surprise that desperate resort has been made to bizarre allegations of leakage of information which was broadcast live by the Court through painstaking arrangements by its Registry," Duale said.

“It was on the platform of this Court-sanctioned live broadcasting that the world received disclosures from The Hague of the President’s telephone records, ownership of land and moveable assets. In fact, lawyers freely canvassed the information in open court," he added.

Duale asserted that ICC terming information presented in the public domain a leakage is “dishonest and absurd in the extreme” and cautioned the Court and prosecutors that the government has had enough of its travesty and would defy any future summonses.

Kindiki said the government has fully cooperated with the ICC through voluntary submission of all requested information including intelligence reports.

Also read: ICC warns Kenya on media leaks in Kenyatta case

“This level of cooperation is unprecedented globally. Intelligence information can legitimately be withheld. Any demands for cooperation beyond this utmost voluntary degree is unreasonable, tyrannical and prejudicial,” said Kindiki.

The Senate Majority Leader also said the government has assisted the court by serving summonses on reluctant witnesses and provided it with every logistical support requested, including the facilitation of video-link to enable prosecution witnesses testify from undisclosed locations.

There is no ground for the Prosecution or the Chamber to make or sustain charges related to failure to cooperate. The country and victims do not need a process aimed at political machination. Enough is enough," said Kindiki.

“The ICC should advise their local political collaborators to employ constitutional means of seeking political office," he added.

The legislators were speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings. 

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