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ICC Senior Prosecutor reveals: Former Chief Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo engaged in fishing for evidence to fix Kenyatta, Ruto and Sang.

Posted by African Press International on November 10, 2018

The cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President Ruto and Journalist Joshua Sang has reached a stage where it should be discontinued.

The cases against 6 Kenyan suspects and withered to 3 accused should not continue owing to reasons well-known to the prosecution. Those in the know have already alerted the prosecution on the reasons that should cause the prosecution to discontinue the cases instead of merely allowing it to continue for the sake of face-saving.

The evidence as known to the prosecution was cooked and witnesses couched on what to say. Some witnesses were offered money and houses of the highest standard before they accepted to testify against the accused persons.

In all these, there is only one person to blame: Mr Ocampo, the man who when he discovered there was no genuine witnesses forthcoming initiated a campaign in his own office, as has been revealed by one of his own prosecutors, to go ahead to prosecute for the sake of saving the court’s name.

Money changed hands and promises of promotions were set in motion. Some were threatened that should they not cooperate, they will be left out of participation to prosecute high level cases in the future. There was also the issue of supporting or not supporting who was to take over as the next Chief Prosecutor after him – Mr Ocampo.

 

 

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Kenyatta: Prosecution Presiding Over An Utterly Corrupt, Dishonest Case

Posted by African Press International on October 12, 2013

President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s case seems to be falling apart even before it starts.

Kenyatta: Prosecution Presiding Over An Utterly Corrupt, Dishonest Case:

The defence says they have discovered fault in prosecution witnesses. The witnesses, according to the defence, have colluded and manufactured lies to destroy the image of Mr Kenyatta. They have now asked the court to drop the  case altogether.

It now remains to be seen as to what step the court will take before the scheduled date – the 12th November, when Mr Kenyatta’s case is expected to start.

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ICC Kenya case continues with witness nr 2: Khan plays video to show Ruto didn’t address Kitale rally

Posted by African Press International on October 12, 2013

The witness is pushed to a corner and as time goes, he is being silenced. The defence is exposing him and he hesitates when answering questions.

Part 1
Khan plays video to show Ruto didn’t address Kitale rally

Part 2
Ruto’s lawyer Khan calls ICC witness a liar

Part 3
Khan disputes witness claims that Ruto called non-Kalenjin hyenas

The witnesses coming after this witness may now be getting scared when they see that the defence is well-equipped with documents to prove their case.

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta wants his Hague trial stopped

Posted by African Press International on October 11, 2013

There is no question that the president has the right to request that his trial be put to a stop.

This is happening due to the fact that there are so many witnesses lying under oath, just for the sake of money or promises of a better life in Western capitals. The promises reportedly has been given to some of the witnesses by the NGOs serving foreign powers because that is where they get their income.

This is not a good thing to do because it causes harm to families who are innocent. It has been reported by the Kenyan Standard that “President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday requested a permanent stay of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) citing abuse of the legal justice process ahead of trial commencement.”

It now remains to be seen if the court will be serious enough to see the problem arising from bribed witnesses and cause the events to be re-examined.

President Kenyatta is scheduled, according to court records, to appear in court on the 12th November this year to answer charges preferred against him following the 2007/2008 election violence in Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta has denied the charges.

According to the defence lawyers Steven Kay QC and Gillian Higgins, evidence has been tempered with. They have come out strongly;  saying “The Defence is in possession of substantial evidence of a serious,  sustained  and wide-ranging  abuse on the  process  of  the  Court carried out  by ( i)  Prosecution  witness   OTP-118  and  Prosecution  intermediary , and  ( ii ) Prosecution   witnesses  O TP-11  and  O TP-12.”

The team  – defence, – has now requested the court to stop the proceedings or alternatively, that an order is issued giving direction to have “evidential hearing before the start of the trial to determine the issue of abuse of process. ”

 

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Arrest Warrant Unsealed in Kenya situation: Walter Barasa suspected of corruptly influencing witnesses

Posted by African Press International on October 2, 2013

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Situation: The Republic of Kenya
Case: The Prosecutor v. Walter Osapiri Barasa

Today, 2 October 2013, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) unsealed an arrest warrant against Walter Osapiri Barasa, Kenyan citizen, born in 1972. He is charged with several offences against the administration of justice including corruptly influencing or attempting to corruptly influence ICC witnesses. An under seal warrant of arrest was issued against him on 2 August 2013. This is the first case before the ICC where a suspect is charged with an offence against the administration of justice, in accordance with article 70 of the Rome Statute.

Judge Cuno Tarfusser, Single Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II, considered that the evidence presented by the Prosecutor established reasonable grounds to believe that Walter Barasa is criminally responsible as direct perpetrator for the crime of corruptly influencing or, alternatively, attempting to corruptly influence witnesses by offering to pay them to withdraw as ICC Prosecution witnesses in the context of the Kenyan cases before the ICC. Allegedly, he has been and is still acting in furtherance of a criminal scheme devised by a circle of officials within the Kenyan administration.

Based on the Prosecutor’s evidence, Judge Tarfusser also found that it is necessary to arrest Walter Osapiri Barasa to ensure his appearance at trial, to ensure that he does not obstruct or endanger the investigation or the proceedings, and to prevent him from continuing with the commission of the crime.

The International Criminal Court is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, namely the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

 

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