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AG seeks to deny ICC 'forced' access to witnesses

30 June 2014, 12:30

Nairobi - Attorney General Githu Muigai wants the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to force several reluctant witnesses to testify in the trial of Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua Sang reversed.

In April, the ICC summoned eight witnesses who had informed the prosecution that they were no longer willing to testify against the two who are facing charges of crimes against humanity at the court, The Standard reports.

ICC in bid to force witnesses testify in Ruto-Sang trial

They were summoned after the prosecutors said their potential evidence was "highly relevant" and testimony could be given by video link.

However, the AG says the decision is contrary to the International Crimes Act (ICA) and a violation of the rights of the said witnesses.

AG: ICC witnesses won't be forced to testify

The ICC ordered Kenya to cooperate fully with the court by serving the witnesses with the summons and ensuring the witnesses gave evidence.

In February, Muigai rejected accusations that Kenya was not cooperating with the ICC as regards aiding evidence needed from President Uhuru Kenyatta's financial records as well as other issues.

 - For more visit The Standard

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