18 July 2013

Kenya: Three Witnesses Withdraw From Kenyatta ICC Trial

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

Two witnesses have withdrawn their testimony against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) due to security concerns, Kenya's The Standard reported Thursday (July 18th).

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda also dropped a third witness whose testimony she said was no longer necessary.

One witness informed the prosecution he was no longer willing to testify after recent alleged attempts to ascertain his location and public speculation on his involvement in the trial, Bensouda told the Trial Chamber V judges.

Another witness voluntarily withdrew his testimony and said he was no longer willing to testify against Kenyatta.

Three witnesses from the Kenyatta case also withdrew in April, as have witnesses in the case against Deputy President William Ruto.

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