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Ruto wants police to probe death of 'his' ICC witness

06 January 2015, 17:01 William Korir

Nairobi - DP William Ruto wants the death of an ICC witness who died under mysterious circumstances last week probed to the end by police.

The ICC witness was found dead in Eldoret, close to a week after mysteriously disappearing.

Meshack Yebei disappeared from his home near Turbo on 28 December 2014 and was found dead Friday 2 January 2015 in a mortuary after police called his family saying they had identified a body resembling his.

Yebei disappeared in Turbo after he allegedly went to look for drinking water for his child and days after his family reported his disappearance to police, his body was found in a thicket on the banks of River Yala many kilometers from his home.

Yebei was an outspoken and not shy of speaking matters ICC.

According to sources, he was on the ICC witness list but did not qualify for witness protection.

Now Ruto, through lawyer Karim Khan wants the death probed, as well as admitting that Yebei was a defence witness in the trial of crimes against humanity ongoing against him.

" We request that you deploy all the resources at your disposal to prioritize the investigation and circumstances of his alleged abduction and murder," Khan said in the letter addressed to CID boss Ndegwa Muhoro.

Khan also requested that police first ensure that the body is that of Yebei.

" In the event the DNA tests confirm that the body recovered is indeed that of Meshack Yebei, we request that you deploy all the resources at your disposal to prioritize the investigation and circumstances of his alleged abduction and murder," the letter adds.

Moses Kisorio, his elder brother, said that he was bundled into a vehicle on that fateful day and was never to be seen alive again and intimated that his brother had on a number of times felt uneasy with his life.

" He had been sent several warning messages about his life. It is not a mystery that this has happened, rather that we feel the police have something to do with this, he told News24.

According to political analyst from the region Johnson Kulei, the mysterious death might have a negative bearing on the case against Deputy president William Ruto at the Hague.

" What the cases do not need at such a delicate stage is such stories about witnesses dying in mysterious circumstances. Those reports will not help the cases for the accused in any way and must be a blow to Ruto and his co-accused Joshua Sang," he said.

Both Ruto and Sang are still in the process of trying to kill off their cases at the ICC, as they try follow in the footsteps of president Uhuru Kenyatta who has been acquitted from the ICC cases.

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