Expert wants ICC to drop probe against him

April 3, 2013 2:31 pm
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Matsanga said on Wednesday that Bensouda was still probing him over alleged intimidation and exposure of witness allegations yet what he revealed about Witness 4 turned out to be true/FILE
Matsanga said on Wednesday that Bensouda was still probing him over alleged intimidation and exposure of witness allegations yet what he revealed about Witness 4 turned out to be true/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – Conflict Resolution Expert David Matsanga has now asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber to compel Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to halt investigations against him.

Matsanga said on Wednesday that Bensouda was still probing him over alleged intimidation and exposure of witness allegations yet what he revealed about Witness 4 turned out to be true.

“I have asked the appeal chamber to review the decision they made… they said the thief stole but left. But then Fatou did not terminate my case, up to now. Bensouda admitted Witness 4 had lied to the court. She said that during the status conference,” Matsanga asserted.

He explained that he is the one who found out that indeed Witness 4 had dropped his testimony to the court against former head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura.

He said the ICC should halt the investigation, saying he has faced discrimination for what he termed as defending the truth and also exposing alleged flaws in the ICC investigations in the Kenyan cases.

“I tell you I suffer. If I had not produced my eight children, I could not have done it now; I have psychologically suffered! Every hotel I go to eat food they say; ‘this is the ICC man’ now I cannot just walk like that until she (Bensouda) tells me why she tortured me then after one year she comes to say, ‘it is true, Matsanga was right,” he claimed.

In the 37-page petition to the ICC Appeals Chamber, Matsanga has claimed that the ICC process is a political one influenced by some Western countries.

He has challenged the court to furnish the world with information over its allegations that witnesses are being bribed, intimidated or killed like the prosecutor claimed when she dropped charges against Muthaura.

“I am shocked about the continued blackmailing theory fronted by the prosecution that people were bribing, liquidating, intimidating witnesses when it is clear from the evidence that witnesses were coached and induced by some key Kenyan individuals,” he charged.

He further explained that former Prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo and even Bensouda “have bungled and corrupted the Kenyan cases” due to shoddy investigations.

Matsanga further said the ICC should drop charges against President elect Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and former radio personality Joshua arap Sang owing to inconsistencies and doubts raised over witnesses and their evidence.

He said the three should not stand trial since the ICC process has suffered after key witnesses and their evidence was dropped.

During the status conference, the prosecution said a total of 13 witnesses had been dropped in the two Kenyan cases.

When the court started investigations into the post election violence in Kenya, it settled on six suspects three of who have had their charged dropped before the start of trials.

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