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ICC judges raise concern over witness protection

19 September 2013, 11:08

The Hague - The International Criminal Court went into closed session for the better part of Wednesday morning to deliberate on the way forward on the issue of safety of prosecution witnesses.

This came after different social media sites identified the woman, who was the first witness to testify in Ruto-Sang case on Tuesday, as a survivor of the Kiambaa Church inferno in Eldoret during post-election chaos on January 1, 2008.

The woman is said to have previously worked as a house-assistant to a prominent politician in Rift Valley.

Presiding judge Chile Eboe-Osuji warned that the International Criminal Court (ICC) would carry out investigations on alleged attempts to disclose the identities of witnesses and that the culprits will be prosecuted.

According to the lead prosecutor, Anton Steynberg, previous efforts by Kenyan Senators and MPs to instigate the country’s withdrawal process from ICC, in addition to fresh attempts to reveal identity of witnesses have immensely compromised witness safety.

- CAJ News


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