No turning back as the International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asks Kenya’s government to hand over to them two more suspects, on their radar.
Lawyer Paul Gicheru kisck-started the process that has since stirred more trouble in the country with Bensouda now calling upon the Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to pounce on both Philip Bett and Walter Barasa and hand them over to ICC as soon as possible.
“I call on the Kenyan authorities to fulfill their obligations under the Rome Statute to ensure the surrender of the remaining two suspects to the custody of the Court, so that their guilt or innocence on the charges against them may be determined in a court of law,” she said.
The chief prosecutor welcomed the recent move by Lawyer Paul Gicheru to surrender himself to the court after five years of search since the warrant was issued against him.
“I welcome the news of Paul Gicheru’s voluntary surrender and transfer to the custody of ICC.” She said as it was further disclosed that the lawyer will be making his first appearance next Friday at 4PM.
Gicheru had been accused of tampering with witnesses in the Post-election violence case that involved Deputy President William Ruto and Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta.
In that regard, the court on March 10th, 2015 issued warrants of arrest for Mr. Gicheru and two others for going against Rome Statute what led to lack of sufficient evidence against the accused.
“In their decision, they found that the evidence presented by my Office established reasonable grounds to believe that Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett were involved in an organised and systematic criminal scheme, aimed at approaching and corrupting six Prosecution witnesses, through bribes and other inducements, in exchange for withdrawing as witnesses and/or recanting their prior statements to the Prosecution,” a statement read.
Bensouda added that her office was ready to bounce back into investigations and further prosecution of the suspects which may then extend to key suspects.
“Interfering with the attendance or testimony of ICC witnesses, or retaliating against them are serious crimes under Article 70 of the Rome Statute,” she remarked.
Bensouda has therefore challenged the Kenyan government to quickly present the other two wanted suspects to the court.
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