ICC witness contradicts her evidence

March 11, 2014 3:28 pm
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The witness in her statement to the prosecution had indicated that she heard Sang incite communities to protest against a stolen election between the end of January and early February 2008, but on Tuesday she said she listened to Kass FM between January 10 and 20 in 2008/FILE
The witness in her statement to the prosecution had indicated that she heard Sang incite communities to protest against a stolen election between the end of January and early February 2008, but on Tuesday she said she listened to Kass FM between January 10 and 20 in 2008/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, 11 – The 13th prosecution witness in the ICC case against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang on Tuesday changed her testimony over dates in which she listened to Sang’s show on Kass FM.

The witness in her statement to the prosecution had indicated that she heard Sang incite communities to protest against a stolen election between the end of January and early February 2008, but on Tuesday she said she listened to Kass FM between January 10 and 20 in 2008.

“So that it is possible to appreciate that you used to listen to Kass FM, could you pick out a date – you said you used to listen to Kass FM in January, February and March. Could you pick a day when you very specifically listened to Lene emet programme? Give us a day in February in 2008,” Sang’s Defence Counsel Katwa Kigen posed.

“I told you it was about 10th, it was not beginning of January and it was not on a day after January 20. Only that I don’t remember the exact date but it is between January 10 and January 20 because it was not on 1st, 5th, 6th or 8th and I have not gone back to the end of January as I did not listen again,” the witness responded.

The witness had told the court that she heard Sang using derogatory words to urge Kalenjins to fight.

“You said it was around end of January to around early February in 2008 when you listened to Kass FM, are you saying that was inaccurate? You said it was either end of January or early February,” Kigen insisted.

“It is true,” the witness replied.

The witness who seemed to get agitated with Kigen’s questions responded; “I think you are asking me two questions which are not coming to my mind, I don’t understand which question you want me to answer because you are giving many dates. Which answer do you want me to give you?” the witness asked Kigen.

In reference to the earlier evidence by the witness, Kigen asked her: “You were asked (by the prosecution) to put a time frame to what you heard Sang saying and the question was, ‘can you recall what time of the year you heard Sang talking?’, you said towards the end of January or early January if I am not mistaken’.”

Kigen further played clips in which the court heard that Sang used to co-host his show with one arap Tanui, contrary to claims by the witness who told the court that Sang hosted the show alone.

The witness also had told the court that Kass FM show was broadcast only in Kalenjin though when he was asked the question last Friday, she was unclear since she told Kigen that the question should have instead been directed to Sang.

Kigen played several other clips, one of them being a clip from the BBC in which former US Ambassador Michael Ranneberger was said to have been hosted by Sang on January 24, 2008 at Kass FM.

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