Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Dead ICC witness was corrupt, says Bensouda

09 January 2015, 18:41

The Hague - A Kenyan businessman found murdered last week was "deeply implicated" in corrupting witnesses in the International Criminal Court's case against Vice President William Ruto, the court's prosecutor said on Friday.

Meshack Yebei, described by Ruto's lawyer as a "critical" witness for the politician's defence case, was found dead -- and badly mutilated according to some reports -- on January 4 in western Kenya's Nandi district.

The office of ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said it had not called Yebei as a witness because, among other things, he "was deeply implicated in the scheme to corrupt prosecution witnesses in the case against Ruto and (co-accused radio presenter Joshua Arap) Sang."

Ruto has been on trial at the ICC since September 2013 on charges of organising post-election violence in the east African country in 2007-2008. More than 1,200 people died and 600,000 were displaced in the chaos.

But both Ruto and co-defendant Joshua Arap Sang, a radio presenter, have denied all charges.

Kenya's ICC investigations have been littered with allegations of witness intimidation, bribery and false testimony, and the prosecutor's office said prosecution witnesses were "under siege".

The office said it had "identified a network of individuals who have been working together to sabotage the prosecution's case against Ruto and Sang, by using bribes and/or threats to either dissuade witnesses from testifying in this case or influence prosecution witnesses to recant their testimony."

Charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta were dropped last month after the ICC prosecutor was ordered to strengthen or abandon the case.

Kenyatta maintained his innocence throughout and reacted by saying his conscience was "absolutely clear" regarding the post-election killings, the worst in Kenya's history since winning independence from Britain in 1963.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page! 



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Quit if you can't fight corruptio...

An MP has told President Uhuru Kenyatta to quit office if he cannot fight corruption. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Investigate Uhuru, Ruto for corru...

Investigate President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's offices over corruption, CORD leader Raila Odinga has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Its a 1 horse race to State House...

Its a 1 horse race to State House, DP William Ruto has mocked the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Enjoy your time left in power, We...

CORD Co Principal Moses Wetangu'la has told the Jubilee Coalition to enjoy its last few months in power before it is voted out in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Stop hiding in State House and sa...

ODM MP's have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to release drought aid and to stop sitting on public funds. Read more...