Mutunga dragged into Barasa ICC quagmire
29 January 2014, 17:02
Nairobi - Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has been directed to form a five judge bench to rule on whether journalist Walter Barasa's ICC warrant of arrest applies under Kenyan law.
High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola ruled that the case be referred to the CJ for deliberation and formation of a bench to deliberate on the case in which Barasa is seeking to stop the government of Kenya from interdicting him to the ICC.
" This case will now be deliberated on b y the Chief Justice's office on where a five judge bench will be formed under his guidance for the purpose of sorting out this matter, Lenaola said.
The ICC placed an arrest warrant on Barasa for allegedly interfering with witnesses who were set to testify in the trial against deputy president William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang.
It is not yet clear when the Chief Justice will name the five man bench or his next course of action.
A separate ruling by another High Court judge on the matter, seeking to dismiss the ICC's warrant will be delivered Friday January 31.
Barasa is seeking to have the ICC warrant dismissed on grounds that it contravenes the sovereignty of the country and is unlawful under the laws of Kenya.
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