President Kenyatta defies ICC gag order, blasts court top judge
20 October 2015, 17:46
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has after a long time waded into the International Criminal Court (ICC) debate, which has dominated the national discourse for months now.
Early this week, ICC Trial Chamber Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji warned Kenyan politicians against commenting on the case against Deputy President William Ruto and his co-accused, Joshua Sang in prayer rallies.
But speaking during the National Mashujaa Day Celebrations Tuesday at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, President Kenyatta told off the Judge and asked him respect the right of Kenyans to hold prayer meetings.
He further said that Kenya is a sovereign state and they will not be intimidated by any foreign institution.
The head of state explained that Kenyans know the benefit of prayer and maintained that the country’s citizens will not be intimidated or gagged by Judge Eboe-Osuji who is the president of the ICC Trial Chamber, or anybody else.
“Worshipping God is the basic right of every human being; we have the freedom of worship in this country hence nobody can discourage us from holding prayer meetings. We will continue praying for one another,” said a defiant President Uhuru Kenyatta.
All over the world, comments on ongoing court proceedings are prohibited by the principle of sub-judice (they are under judicial consideration and therefore prohibited from public discussion elsewhere) and can lead to warrants of arrest.
It is interesting to see what ICC Trial Chamber Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji will say this time, following the new offensive by Kenya’s head of state, who himself was set free by the Hague Based court.
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