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Prosecutor: Kenya Leader's Allies Used Bribes, Threats to Silence Witnesses

By    |   Friday, 08 Nov 2013 10:04 AM

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda claims to have tapes of conversations in which allies of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta attempted to dissuade two key witnesses from testifying against him, the Star reported Thursday.
 
In court filings this week opposing Kenyatta’s efforts to obtain a permanent stay of war-crimes proceedings against him, Bensouda alleged that Kenyatta allies used a combination of bribes and threats against potential witnesses.
 
Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have been accused of war crimes in connection with rioting that followed Kenya’s December 2007 elections, in which 1,200 people were killed and hundreds of thousands more driven out of their homes.
 
Ruto’s trial began in September and Kenyatta is scheduled for trial in February.
 
Bensouda said she recorded telephone conversations in which the bribery offers were made with the witnesses’ consent.
 
Kenyatta countered that Uhuru has already claimed that the same two individuals — identified only as witnesses 11 and 12 — wanted to extort money from him before aiding the prosecution.
 
Witness 12 claimed to have been told that money had been "set aside to buy" witnesses and said he was ordered to be on the alert for potential witnesses who would say that Kenyatta was not involved with the violence.
 
The witness asserted that the offer of payment was "coupled with the threat of harm" to those who did not cooperate.
 
After the previous Kenyan government reneged on an agreement to set up a tribunal to try the suspects, the ICC stepped in to oversee the proceedings, CNN reported.
 
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International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda claims to have tapes of conversations in which allies of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta attempted to dissuade two key witnesses from testifying against him, the Star reported Thursday.
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