Lawyers offered ICC witnesses KES 5 million to abandon Ruto trial
14 September 2015, 17:08
Nairobi - Two Kenyan lawyers offered International Criminal Court ICC witnesses as much as KES 5 million to abandon the trial facing DP Wiliam Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang.
The two lawyers are being sought by the court are Paul Gicheru and Philip Bett.
According to a report by the ICC seen by News24, the two offered various witnesses as much as KES 5 million and others KES 1 million and jobs in-order to quit the case and discredit the earlier evidence they had placed at the ICC.
Gicheru is said to be the tea leader and used Bett and journalist Walter Barasa to bribe the witnesses.
The three are expected to appear before the court to answer to the allegations.
Witness P-397 was paid KES 1 million to rise to KES 5 million if he withdrew from the case by Gicheru's team.
Witness P-516 was also offered KES 500,000 to withdraw, says the statement by Judge Katrina Trefandilova.
Witnesses P-145 and P- 536 were offered between KES 1.5 and 2.5 million plus jobs to recant their evidence.
" Barasa was used to ask witnesses to stay away from the case and that they would be paid the money by Gicheru and that they would be safe after they cooperated," the ICC judge said.
The matter will likely add to the clamour for Ruto's case to continue by the ICC as it is now felt that there has been severe interference in the matter by Ruto himself.
The feeling is also that the Kenyan government have also not been cooperating with the ICC, which is likely to dig Ruto into a deeper hole.
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