7 October 2013

Kenya: Wanted Reporter Gets Ready for ICC Warrant

Photo: Benedikt von Loebel/WEF
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013.

THE journalist wanted by the International Criminal Court yesterday met his lawyers to discus the warrant of arrest issued against him.

Walter Barasa met with lawyer Nick Koufman from Israel who will team up with Kibe Mungai to handle this case.

"Please, I am not allowed to say anything. My lawyers will handle everything. You can get in touch with them," Barasa said on phone.

Sources said Koufman had met the Attorney General Githu Muigai and discussed the warrant.

Last week, Muigai stated that the decision to arrest and hand over Barasa to the ICC would be made by the High Court.

Both the government and Barasa will make submissions to the court once the arrest warrant and accompanying documents will have been handed over to the judiciary.

After hearing the submissions, the High Court will decide on if Barasa should be arrested and handed over to the ICC.

Barasa is wanted by the ICC on allegations that he tried to bribe people some witnesses to drop their evidences against Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua Sang.

The government has formally received the warrant of arrest which will be handed over to the Chief Justice this week for enforcement.

Sources said Koufman had cautioned Barasa not to make any statements to the media on the matter.

Two weeks ago Barasa adressed a press conferenece in Nairobi where he claimed that an investigator with the ICC had threatened to issue a warrant against him after he allegedly refused to give some evidence against Ruto on the alleged interfence with the ICC witnesses

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says they have evidence to link Barasa to the alleged intereference with the witnesses.

She said they were investigating other people allegedly involved in the scheme to undermine the ongoing ICC trials.

"The government of Kenya has received the warrant of arrest and we exepect them to hand him over,"said Bensouda.

In his earlier statement Barasa however denied the allegations levelled against him by the ICC. He said that he was ready to defend himself. "I will spill the beans if need be so that I defend myself on this allegations,"said Barasa in his statement two weeks ago.

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