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Slain ICC witness was not on witness protection programme

08 January 2015, 09:37 Oduor Omondi

Nandi - Meshack Yebei who went missing on December 28 last year in Turbo, Uasin Gishu County and his body found in Kapsabet, Nandi County on Saturday last week was not under ICC Witness Protection Programme.

The Witness Protection Agency (WPA) has denied accusations that it failed to protect the deceased who is said to have been an International Criminal Court (ICC) witness.

WPA Principal Public Relations Officer, Calvine Oredi said the late Meshack Yebei was not enlisted in the Witness Protection Programme (WPP) of the Agency.

“As an Agency, we however regret the unfortunate circumstances that led to the mysterious death of Mr. Yebei and send our sincere condolences,” said Oredi in a statement.

Read Also: Ruto wants police to probe death of 'his' ICC witness

He added, “All cases reported to us by Kenyans who are threatened or intimidated are usually taken very seriously and the necessary protection measures immediately taken.”

The development comes after counsel representing Deputy President William Ruto at The Hague asked the Kenyan authorities to probe into mysterious death of the witness.

Director of Public Prosecution, Keriako Tobiko directed the director of Criminal Investigations, Ndegwa Muhoro to conduct speedy and thorough investigations after Ruto’s lawyer Karim Khan raised concern that the killing could jeopardize proper administration of justice in the case facing his client.

The defense counsel demanded that a DNA test be undertaken on the body of the murdered witness to ascertain his identity.

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