Ruto’s lawyer says ODM claim absurd

August 15, 2013 3:10 pm
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Khan said he was shocked by the allegations made by ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale/FILE
Khan said he was shocked by the allegations made by ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – Deputy President William Ruto’s lawyer Karim Khan on Thursday denied allegations that he has been calling Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) members demanding for information on the case before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In a statement to newsrooms, Khan said he was shocked by the allegations made by ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale.

“I’m astonished and dismayed to read the press release purportedly by ODM Director of Communication on behalf of the Secretary General of the party, Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o,” he said.

Khan said he has high standards of integrity and ethics and would not be engaged in such actions.

“As a Queens Counsel and senior member of the English Bar, I am proud of the track record of all my team to uphold the highest standard of integrity and ethics. It is therefore preposterous to suggest that any member of my team or myself would ever harass any individual.”

Earlier on Thursday, Etale on behalf of Nyong’o alleged that a certain person by the name Khan has been harassing ODM members asking for information in regard to the ICC cases.

“I have received several complaints from ODM members from across the country of being harassed by strange phone calls by a man called Khan seeking information on the ICC cases. This is unacceptable and ODM members should refer this Mr Khan to me as Secretary General of the Party,” the ODM statement said.

But even as he urged Kenyans to speak the truth, Khan said no one should be harassed as that would interfere with the cases at the ICC.

“I strongly discourage any attempt to interfere with investigations or attempts by any political party or interest group to control who can speak to the defence or to the prosecution, or set parameters of what can or should be said,” he said.

Khan said those interfering with witnesses could be a subject of investigations since the ICC has clear jurisdiction to deal with such interferences.

ODM however did not give evidence of the alleged members neither did it point at the members who were allegedly called in its two paragraph note to newsrooms.

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