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ICC demands respect for witnesses' privacy

07 October 2013, 10:08

The Hague - The trial of Deputy President, William Ruto, is scheduled to resume on Monday amid calls by the International Criminal Court (ICC) calling on the respect of the privacy of witnesses.

The calls Head Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji made followed the withdrawal of witness in recent weeks for alleged fear of reprisals by backers of the accused if their identity was revealed.

“This court reminds anyone in this court that anyone in Kenya, members of the press, bloggers, social media subscribers or participants to desist from doing anything that will reveal or attempt to reveal the identity of a witness,” Eboe-Osuji said ahead of the resumption of the trial.

The court was scheduled to resume its public proceedings with the second prosecution witness taking to the stand.

The Hague-based court had previously held private sessions to probe the events that transpired in the 2007 post-poll violence.

On Monday, witnesses were expected to shed light on the involvement of the Orange Democratic Movement in the violent chaos that claimed more than 1 000 lives and displaced thousands others.

It is alleged that witnesses has evidence of the party withdrawing funds from a certain bank to finance youth to partake in violent activities.

Ruto is facing charges of crimes against humanity following the human rights violations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is also scheduled to appear before the same tribunal to answer to similar charges.

– CAJ News



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