ICC asks Kuria to shed light on witness claims

October 1, 2015 2:24 pm
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In an email, Brendan Rook, an ICC official tells Kuria that he would like to meet him to discuss allegations that together with NARC Kenya Chair Martha Karua they procured ICC witnesses/FILE
In an email, Brendan Rook, an ICC official tells Kuria that he would like to meet him to discuss allegations that together with NARC Kenya Chair Martha Karua they procured ICC witnesses/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) officials have written an email seeking audience with controversial politician Moses Kuria over claims of procuring witnesses against Deputy President William Ruto.

In an email, Brendan Rook, an ICC official tells Kuria that he would like to meet him to discuss allegations that together with NARC Kenya Chair Martha Karua they procured ICC witnesses.

“Subject to our discussions today, and your request that I correspond to you by email, I would like to meet with you in Nairobi. The purpose of our meeting would be to discuss recent articles suggesting that you and Martha Karua were involved in procuring witnesses resulting in ICC prosecutions,” the email read.

Rook said ICC learnt about the alleged procurement of witnesses on Kenyan media reports.

In the email, Rook said he would travel to Nairobi for Kuria to clarify if statements attributed to him on procuring witnesses are actually true.

“My intention would be to ascertain the accuracy of the statements attributed to you in the media during a recorded interview, should you be so willing.”

In response, Kuria told the ICC official that he would be willing to meet him at Parliament building next Friday.
“In principal I have no problem meeting with you and/or your team,” Kuria stated.

However, Kuria requested the official to clarify whether he wanted to meet him for purposes of getting more information from him or if he was meeting him as a suspect.

“Kindly clarify whether you would want me to meet you as someone with information that may help you in which case I don’t require my lawyers present or you would want to treat me as a suspect which case I need to invite my lawyers,” he said.

Kuria however while confirming that he had received the email told a press conference in Nairobi that the witnesses they procured were to testify before the Kriegler led Commission which was investigating the presidential results of the 2007 general election.

Former Emgwen MP Joseph Kangethe who accompanied Kuria alleged that witnesses recruited to testify before the Kriegler commission for the purposes of establishing that the Party of National Unity (PNU) had won the 2007 presidential poll were recruited as ICC witnesses.

Kuria took the country by storm when he told a crowd attending a prayer rally dedicated to Ruto and Journalist Joshua arap Sang over their ICC case when he said that he procured ICC witnesses.

He further detailed that he procured witnesses alongside Karua.

READ: Moses Kuria confesses how he procured ICC witnesses

Kuria was unmoved even after Karua moved to court to sue him over the allegations that have aroused emotions and caused discomfort among the political class in Kenya.

ICC stretched its muscles when it named Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett as persons wanted by the court for witness interference.

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