Bensouda, ICC eyes three Kenyans for witness tampering
07 April 2016, 21:45
Nairobi - Three suspects accused by ICC of tampering with witnesses will be extradited if and when procedures and legal requirements are met, the government of Kenya spokesman said on Thursday.
According to The Standard, Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe said due processes as provided for by international law and the Kenyan constitution must be followed.
Kiraithe added that rules of natural justice must apply before the three accused Walter Barasa, Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett are sent to the ICC.
"The question of just picking so and so and give so and so does not arise. There are judicial procedures that must be met before they are sent to the ICC," he said.
Kiraithe explained extradition of suspects involves a long process that has begun in the courts and that none expects the government to push the process.
He was reacting to ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's demands that Kenya hands over the three for tampering with witnesses in the case of Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang.
Citizen Digital also stated that the three who have contested the decision to send them to the Hague will be given a fair chance of defending themselves.
According to Bensouda, 17 witnesses who had agreed to testify against the accused subsequently withdrew their cooperation with the court.
“Tuesday’s decision sends a strong message: witness interference and perverting the cause of justice will not be tolerated at the ICC,” said Bensouda.
She in her statement claimed prosecution witnesses in this case were subjected to intimidation, social isolation and threats to prevent them from testifying.