ICC witness ‘discussed evidence’ before trial

December 8, 2014 2:35 pm
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Khan further told the witness that he had been frequently and closely following the trial against Ruto and Sang on the Internet/FILE
Khan further told the witness that he had been frequently and closely following the trial against Ruto and Sang on the Internet/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8 – Defence Lawyer Karim Khan on Monday alleged that the 27th Prosecution witness in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and former broadcaster Joshua arap Sang held meetings with other prosecution witnesses prior to his testimony.

According to Khan, the witness discussed the case against Ruto and Sang with other prosecution witnesses before he took to the stand last week.

“In fact you have been discussing the proceedings in this case against William Ruto extensively with people that you know to be other prosecution witnesses, isn’t that the truth?” Khan posed.

“Not true your honour,” the witness responded.

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Khan further told the witness that he had been frequently and closely following the trial against Ruto and Sang on the Internet.

Khan: “You have been following proceedings very closely. You have been following proceedings online regularly.”

“Not so much,” the witness responded.

The lawyer who began on informing the witness of his meetings with the prosecution, also told the witness that at one time, he hid behind bushes after seeing prosecution officers coming to meet other prosecution witnesses.

“In fact, and don’t tell the court where but you’ve had secret meetings and you were so panic-stricken that when you saw a car with people from the prosecution inside it, you jumped and hid in the bushes, isn’t that right?” Khan posed.

“I can’t remember what you are talking about your honour,” the witness responded.

“How many times have you jumped into the bushes Mr witness,” Khan asked.

“Which bushes your honour?” the witness asked.

In response the witness said; “what I can say there is nothing I could discuss much about anything.”

Earlier on Monday, Sang’s lawyer Katwa Kigen played a song which the witness had alleged was sung by Kalenjins to signal war.

According to Kigen, the song is Christian and is sung to call upon God in times of hardships including times of diseases.

The witness didn’t deny that it was a Christian song but said according to Kalenjins – as much as the song is Christian – it signalled that there was danger.

Khan is expected to continue cross-examining the witness all through to Thursday.

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