ICC investigators grill Kuria over ‘witness coaching’

October 14, 2015 2:47 pm
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The meeting took place at a city hotel in which Kuria, his lawyer Danson Mungatana, journalist Joshua arap Sang's legal counsel Kimutai Bosek and two investigators from the ICC were locked in a room for four hours.
The meeting took place at a city hotel in which Kuria, his lawyer Danson Mungatana, journalist Joshua arap Sang’s legal counsel Kimutai Bosek and two investigators from the ICC were locked in a room for four hours.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14 – Investigators from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday finally met and questioned Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria over claims witnesses recruited to testify at the Kriegler Commission were enlisted by The Hague-based court.

The meeting took place at a city hotel in which Kuria, his lawyer Danson Mungatana, journalist Joshua arap Sang’s legal counsel Kimutai Bosek and two investigators from the ICC were locked in a room for four hours.

Sang’s lawyer was present because Kuria is now one of the witnesses listed to testify if need be.

According to Mungatana, contents of the meeting would remain confidential.

He however indicated that the grilling centred on media reports but not his direct utterances.

“The basis of these investigations was mainly on media reports and no statements were directed to Moses Kuria. They came up with various questions seeking clarifications, I am glad to say we covered all the questions that were raised to us,” Mungatana said.

The two ICC investigators stood by as Mungatana spoke but did not utter a word. Kuria who also not keen to discuss contents of the meeting.

“I am now a defence witness. Please respect my status as a witness and respect that I have said as much as I would have said on that subject,” Kuria stated.

The controversial politician said he would meet DP William Ruto’s defence team to discuss his willingness to testify on his behalf.

It was unclear if the ICC officials met Kuria in his capacity as a witness or suspect based on utterances that the ICC has associated with witness interference.

The Office of The Prosecutor has maintained that it will not discuss anything to do with the meeting with Kuria, saying it took matters of witness interference seriously.

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