Uhuru to press for withdrawal of ICC case

Lawyers for President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta also want his case dropped/FILE

Lawyers for President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta also want his case dropped/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 -The International Criminal Court (ICC) will on Monday hold a status conference to discuss the fate of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta’s case after withdrawal of charges against his co-accused, Francis Muthaura.

During the conference, to be streamed on http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/tv at 5.30pm Kenyan time, the parties will discuss the impact of withdrawing charges against Muthaura to Kenyatta’s case, since both of them were jointly accused of planning Mungiki attacks in Nakuru and Naivasha during the 2008 post-election violence.

“A status conference shall be held on 18th March 2013 starting at 15:00hrs (Hague time). The main purpose of the status conference is to discuss the application filed by the defence for Kenyatta on February 5 and the consequences of the withdrawal of the charges against Muthaura for the case against Kenyatta,” Presiding Judge Kuniko Ozaki explained.

Last Thursday, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda argued that although Muthaura’s charges were dropped, Kenyatta’s case should proceed since their roles in the violence were different.

However, Kenyatta’s lawyers argued that the prosecution dropped witness number four and his evidence, hence his case should also not proceed.

His defence team in February asked the Trial Chamber to refer his case back to the Pre-Trial Chamber after it withdrew witness number four, whose evidence was used to confirm his case for trial.

The lawyers also argued that the prosecution witnesses were lying to the court and supported their argument with prosecution’s announcement that 13 witnesses had been dropped in both Kenyan cases.

During the confirmation of charges hearings all the defence teams alleged that the prosecution by then under the leadership of Luis Moreno Ocampo did shoddy investigations that framed their clients.

Initially, Ocampo named six suspects as the most responsible for the violence. So far charges against former Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey, former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali and most recently Muthaura have been dropped.

The Trial Chamber V is yet to make a ruling if Kenyatta’s case should be referred back to the confirmation stage.

It is also supposed to make its judgment if Muthaura’s charges will be dropped after the notice given by Bensouda seeking to withdraw all his charges.

Despite the arguments put forward by the defence teams for deputy president elect William Ruto, former Radio Personality Joshua arap Sang and Kenyatta, ICC has set trial dates in May and July.

JUDIE KABERIA

JUDIE KABERIA

Judie, a Special Projects Reporter started practicing journalism in 2003. She has worked in Kenya and Germany. Judie has scooped awards in Reproductive Health, Population, Gender and Development. She has participated in international conferences in Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands. Judie has written a booklet, 'Justice and Peace in the Kenyan Eye'. She has a soft spot for human rights, crime, peace and justice stories and she is now pursuing a Master's Degree at the University of Leicester (U.K).

  • Milimo

    Hey, please give some respect! Title should be “Kenya’s President-Elect, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta to press for withdrawal of International Criminal Court case.”

    • nash

      Kuwa mpole. headline sio composition

      • komesha washamba

        ushasema

    • http://www.facebook.com/beloveddan Beloved King

      The headline should be “The ICC criminal suspect and contested election thief Uhuru Kenyatta is now desperately pressing for impunity from the ICC case”

      • Kavuvali

        Boss, you are beyond words. Please change your mentality, your mental structure and way of reasoning is a disgrace to humanity. Please stop taking things too personal. You need a kesha not just prayers.

      • lovekenya

        Jesus Christ, You are such a disgraceful Human being.You must be so proud of your self.what are u really?

      • Michael Jones

        Uhuru will probably blame the West for this tomorrow.

      • komesha washamba

        Dude.i understand what you are trying to drive us the refereed person is not your local headsmen,can you address him as president-elect,have some little respect for God sake we are on 21st century no room for such speeches