18 July 2013

Kenya: Blow to Bensouda Case Against Uhuru As Witnesses Withdraw

Photo: Uhuru Kenyatta
Uhuru Kenyatta signing presidential oath in front of supporters and government dignitaries.

The case by prosecution at Chamber V (B) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta has suffered a setback as three witnesses have been withdrawn from the list of witnesses to present evidence in President Uhuru Kenyatta's case.

The ICC's prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has written to the Chamber V (B) judges to notify them of withdrawal of witnesses 5, 426 and 334 from the case against president Uhuru Kenyatta which is scheduled to kick off on November 12.

Bensouda in her letter to the Chamber said that witnesses 5 and 426 wrote to her asking to be withdrawn from the list of those lined up to present evidence against Kenyatta on the grounds that they no longer feel safe participating in the case.

Bensouda added that the witnesses felt compromised on account of establishing that some unknown individuals attempted to establish their identities and expose them and their families. For witness 334, Bensouda said that his evidence was no longer relevant for the case and therefore seek to omit him from the list of witnesses.

The prosecutor has however informed the court that should she find other witnesses willing to testify and with suitable evidence, she will seek to have them added to the list of witnesses.

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