The International Criminal Court has commenced the investigation into witness tampering claim in the terminated cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.
On that account, the international court is probing an additional seven Kenyans including a Cabinet Secretary. The ICC already demanded the extradition of three Kenyans accused of witness interference in the Ruto case and has threatened to sanction Kenya if the three Kenyans are not handed over to the Hague to answer charges of witness tampering.
During President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Nakuru rally last month, he declared that no Kenyan will ever face trial at the Hague after the cases against Deputy President William Ruto and broadcaster Joshua arap Sang on April 5 collapsed.
This was after judges, led by Chile Eboe-Osuji on April 5, ruled that the duo had no case to answer over their involvement in the 2008 post-election violence. The ICC had issued arrest warrants against former journalist Walter Barasa in 2013 and against lawyer Paul Gicheru and Philip Bett in October 2015. But as earlier mentioned, President Uhuru last month vowed not allow any Kenyan go to the Hague ever again.
The International Criminal Court investigators have flown to Kenya on different occasions since June 2015 to hold interviews with various informants who they say can help them make up a case of witness interference.
Besides the CS, ICC is also seeking for proofs against two lawyers and two aides to Uhuru and Ruto, a senior Kenyan public servant, an ICC official told BuzzKenya. Though the Kenyan government is yet to get an official statement, concerning this, from the ICC.
The CS who was very forthright on the ICC over the past six years allegedly worked with a network to trail and sway witnesses who later reneged on their statements. The CS also reportedly lavished millions of shillings in the past five years searching for the witnesses whose identities were assumed to have been protected. In a few cases he presumably bought land for the witnesses.
One aide being carried investigated has served in the State House for five years while the aide to the Deputy President has been a close friend to the DP for over half a decade. Both are being investigated for exposing the identity of witnesses and mounting pressure on their families to have their statements shrunken.
The two lawyers assumedly worked with people close to the President. Based on the statement released by the International Criminal Court, they are not famous and were interns at law firms when they were recruited, after which they joined a human rights activist who had access to the entire database.