3 witnesses back out of Uhuru ICC case

According to the prosecution's submission to the Trial Chamber, witnesses 2, 9 and 10 have informed the court that they will not be testifying against Kenyatta/FILE
According to the prosecution’s submission to the Trial Chamber, witnesses 2, 9 and 10 have informed the court that they will not be testifying against Kenyatta/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has suffered yet another blow after the prosecution confirmed that three key witnesses had refused to testify in the case facing President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to the prosecution’s submission to the Trial Chamber, witnesses 2, 9 and 10 have informed the court that they will not be testifying against Kenyatta.

“Three of the 12 prosecution witnesses relied up on at confirmation retracted their willingness to testify after the confirmation hearing: Witnesses 2, 9 and 10. Their provision of formal statements to the prosecution prior to confirmation indicated their willingness to testify, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda indicated.

This means four key witnesses out of the 12 who testified against Kenyatta before the charges were confirmed including the well-known witness 4 whose evidence was dropped after he said he had lied to the court have dropped out.

At the start of the case there were about 30 prosecution witnesses in the Kenyatta case.

The prosecution will now rely on evidence of the remaining eight key witnesses and others to hold onto the charges levelled against Kenyatta.

According to Bensouda, the three witnesses gave indications last year that they would not be testifying at the trial stage as earlier thought.

“When the prosecution contacted witness 2 on November 3, 2012 to confirm his availability to testify, he said he was rethinking his decision. The prosecution made several attempts to persuade witness 2 to testify, either as a prosecution or as a court witness, but on November 20, 2012, he informed the prosecution that his decision not to testify was final,” Bensouda explained in reference to witness 2.

Former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura had his charges dropped as the prosecution said the Pre-Trial Chamber relied on evidence given by witness 4 who is no longer on the list of witnesses.

The prosecution said although part of the evidence used to confirm Kenyatta’s charges was from witness 4, evidence from witnesses 11, 12 and 6 was also relied upon by the Pre-Trial Chamber.

The prosecutor explained; “Its findings were based upon the evidence of Witnesses 11, 12 and 6. The Pre-Trial Chamber found that their evidence “established (the 30 December State House meeting) to the requisite threshold” of “substantial grounds”. This finding is not affected in any way by the post-confirmation revelations with respect to witness 4.”

When the prosecutor dropped charges against Muthaura she told the court that witnesses had been killed, intimidated and that the government of Kenya had refused to cooperate.

However critics have urged the prosecution make use of the provisions in the Rome Statute which gives it the power to sanction those who have intimidated witnesses if it has evidence to support its allegations.

The prosecution during the status conference confirmed that some witnesses had dropped out of the two Kenyan cases against Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and former media personality Joshua arap Sang.

The Ruto-Sang case has 41 prosecution witnesses, but five of them have been dropped.

  • http://twitter.com/Fazul_ Fazul Abdullah

    Ocampo 6, Ocampo 4, Ocampo 3,,,,,,,,BOOM!!

    • Lucy

      finally. Ocampo zero?? ama ?

      • Sam Humble African

        Mtashangaa. Kila siku si Easter Sunday my dear for Jubilee to crucify everyone….

  • http://www.facebook.com/mukhtar.ogle Mukhtar Abdi Ogle

    This Ocampo ndrama, vindeo has collapsed….YAWAA ! Inftrac should provide prediction surveys about the viability of Bensouda’s effort in seeking justice for both the suspects and victims

  • shalom

    Surely where are we headed? is it true that the coaching of witnesses happened? it is a matter of time to have a huge discrediting of the ICC process rendering it a political push than justice. Drop the cases hand them over to the TJRC/Local Tribunal so that the masses can get justice otherwise it will be said politically “African created court”.

  • shalom

    We

    • http://www.facebook.com/edi.msagi Edi Msagi

      let everyone know 2007 was a mistake and not a way of life here. euphoria is expensive and we know, we still have the idps bill to foot and loved ones lost. SO WE CHOSE PEACE INSTEAD OF EUPHORIA. PERIOD (tell them sis)

  • http://twitter.com/muthicanix2 George Muthicani

    Truth slowly trickling in. Waki had a list of 20 suspects but handed over 10 to Kofi in an envelope. Ocampo picked 6 to prosecute and pre-trial chamber dropped 2. Trial conference dropped one….Are you still counting with me? 3 Cases as of yesterday in BenSudioo playing cards.All cards she’s been hiding under the table been identified now.Let see what she’s got and where is she hiding it !.

  • http://twitter.com/adexxxx mwendwa samuel

    WE THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/babamurithi M’Mwongo Kimathi

    Honestly what we need in Kenya is restorative justice and not retributive justice. If the forces behind ICC wish Kenya and Kenyans well they would let local processes handle this case.

    • HolomisaBantu

      yeah, let us look for ways of apologising to and compensating the victims. This and a firm commitment that a similar scenario will never be repeated is what is needed for us to move on.

    • Lucy

      YES indeed. its just fair

  • rsvp5627

    ICC’s witness protection programme is weak vis-à-vis Kenya’s strong sovereignty.

    It reminds me how former President Moi managed to smoke out alive one
    dissident called Koigi wa Wamere from his hideout in Norway back to
    Kenya.

    Not even the USA would catch its no. 1 dissident (Osama) alive.

  • HouseofOrange

    AfroCinema continues…for all who have been following our series UHURUTO at the ICC, please join us for our final special episode UHURUTO at the ICC: the journey as we outline the steps taken to bring Kenya into the ICC, those who played a big role in the formation of the OCAMPO six, we get to show you why Ocampo is enjoying his time at FIFA, Madame Bensouda and her trials, and finally why Kenyans chose the ICC duo UK and Ruto even though we were heavily threatened with sanctions.

  • http://aliensonearth.unite/ Mannu

    If Soccer a manager gets fired when an team suffers a series of losses, I think it’s time they let this Bensouda lady go. It will be a great twist in this amazing reality show yeah?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Batiany-Ole-Kenya/739190551 Batiany Ole Kenya

    We had some kenyans who day and night used to sing about how Uhuru and Ruto would go to the hague, infact Raila during the presidential debates was poking fun at how it is impossible to run a country using skype. I am here to tell these followers of the jaluo godesse Raila, that this case is headed no where, infact Uhuru will be sworn in at 12noon in broad daylight, he will rule for 10years, Ruto will take over for another 10years and it will be 2050 before any follower of the CORDOM movement will ever taste leadership in this country.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703073110 Fredrick Ombako

      May your half-baked brain keep rotting bringing your ethnic bygotry to issues.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Batiany-Ole-Kenya/739190551 Batiany Ole Kenya

        You are an “O”, so your pain is understandable…..

    • Lucy

      WELL SAID MAN !!! Amen and Amen!

    • Sam Humble African

      Even Mubarak & Gaddafi had the same ambitions as you & your JUBILATED fanatics. In the end, one took a helicopter to his island house & is currently facing court charges in a bed-ridden state. The other was knifed by a jubilated citizen- happy to see him alive- as he sped away in a motorcade in a desert (maybe Turkana or Mandera/Garissa) heading to a neighbouring country. Thats Africa for you – it has a remedy for those with a mindset like yours. Good day – usiogope lakini.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Batiany-Ole-Kenya/739190551 Batiany Ole Kenya

        Kuogopa nini??? It is monkeys like you who keep wishing that bad things will happen to Kenya in order to justify your pathetic mindset, you are like the hyena that follows the human being waiting for the hand to fall. Keep waiting, maybe in the year 3013 someone will become bed-ridden. You are so pathetic!

  • Greenmarshmarrows

    Fatou Bensouda, give it up babie

  • Nyar gem

    Wow, witnesses are getting cold feet or what is happening? Who will give justice to those who lost their lives and those languishing as IDPs?

  • http://www.facebook.com/njengarw Robert Njenga

    Statement by the Office of the Prosecutor

    The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), today issued the following statement relating to the situation in the Republic of Kenya:

    “The Office of the Prosecutor deplores the recent stream of sensationalist reports in the Kenyan media, on the level of witness cooperation. Witness protection remains one of our highest priorities. The Office will therefore not be drawn into any public speculation on the status of witnesses. The courage and integrity of witnesses are essential to the Court’s determination of the truth, which is at the heart of justice. It is in the interest of all concerned to allow justice to take its course.”

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