Bensouda: I have witness bribery evidence
07 November 2013, 08:16
The Hague - The International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, claims that she has evidence of individuals who tried to bribe witnesses on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw their testimony against the President.
She says the prosecution recorded telephone conversations between witness number 12 and the alleged associate of President Kenyatta.
They also have another recorded telephone conversation between the witness and his family members, who claim they were approached by the same person who acted on the President’s behalf, The Standard reports.
Last month, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for a Kenyan journalist, Walter Barasa, who is accused of trying to bribe witnesses to withdraw their testimony in Deputy President William Ruto’s case.
He was charged with three counts of corruptly influencing a witness, allegedly paying one prosecution witness and his wife KES 1.4 million ($16,200) to withdraw their testimony.
However, the arrest warrant is yet to be effected after Barasa sought a court order to block it.
Two individuals who withdrew as prosecution witnesses in Deputy President William Ruto’s case also claimed to have been harassed, bribed and jailed by officials at the ICC to give false evidence against the deputy president.
Trial for Ruto is on-going at the ICC while that of President Kenyatta was postponed until February 5, 2014.
Kenya and the African Union are pushing for the deferral of the cases.
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