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Ruto sidelines Barasa in ICC battle

20 March 2014, 19:57 William Korir

Nairobi - Deputy president William Ruto has sidelined journalist Walter Barasa in his plight to avoid being sent to the International Criminal Court ICC.

The deputy president says that he does not want to be dragged in the petition by Barasa seeking the withdrawal of a warrant of arrest as he says he has cooperated with the ICC.

He says that Barasa should carry his own cross and not involve him in his petition since he is not legitimately bound by Barasa and his accusations.

Barasa involved President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto and Joshua Sang in his fight against a warrant of arrest issued by the ICC and wants a determination on Kenya’s continued cooperation with ICC.

But through his lawyer Katwa Kigen, Ruto says he has cooperated with the court and wants to be removed from Barasa's petition.

" Mr Ruto has voluntarily gone to the Hague court to seek his innocence and he does not see why he should be listed in this petition.

" Considering there has been every effort to clear his name at the ICC, including travelling for court sessions, there is no need for his name to appear in this petition, Kigen added.

The others, president Kenyatta and Sang have yet to respond the the petition in which they are required to state their response within 21 days.

Barasa has argued that he is innocent of the charges against him as placed at the ICC and has argued over the government's jurisdiction to forward him to the Hague.

Barasa wants a declaration that the Rome Statute and international criminal law were not applicable or in force in Kenya during the post-election violence and that the International Crimes Act came into force afterwards thus stopping the ICC from demanding his arrest.

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