Witnesses: ICC officials harrased and bribed us
29 October 2013, 08:31
Nairobi - Two individuals who withdrew as prosecution witnesses in Deputy President William Ruto’s case claim to have been harassed, bribed and jailed by officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to give false evidence against the deputy president.
According to Simon Kipkolum Rotich, he was jailed for a year in a Dutch prison after disagreeing with the officials, while Samuel Kimeli Kosgei alleges that his children were taken away from him by the Dutch authorities after he failed to agree with the officials, The Standard reports.
The two filed their affidavits at the High Court on Monday in defence of journalist Walter Baraza who is wanted by the for alleged voter bribing in Ruto’s case.
The two had revealed earlier that they were trained to give false testimonies in the case.
They claimed to have been coached by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) and were told not to use such words as ‘tried’, ‘really’, ‘recall’, ‘all I can say’, ‘sometimes’ and ‘I believe so’, when being cross-examined in order to convince the judges.
Kosgei also said that they were cautioned against scratching their noses, touching their ears, faces or neck and even hesitating when being cross-examined to make judges believe what they were saying was true.
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