The Kenyan Government has been called upon to expeditiously arrest and hand over Journalist Walter Baraza to the ICC
The International Criminal Court’s field outreach Coordinator M/s Maria Mabinty Camara has stated that according to the Rome statute, The Kenyan Government has an obligation of arresting the Journalist, and subsequently hand him over to the Court for onward Prosecution.
A warrant of arrest was issued by the ICC to the Kenyan Authorities against Walter Baraza, for allegedly interfering or corruptly attempting to influence protected witnesses in the two ongoing cases against Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Samoei Ruto and radio Journalist Joshua Arap Sang offense considered to be a Bar against administration of justice under the Rome Statute’s Article 17.
The Prosecution alleges that Walter Osapiri Barasa is criminally responsible as direct perpetrator, under article 25(3) (a) or alternatively article 25(3) (f) of the Rome Statute for three counts of offenses against the administration of justice consisting in in corruptly or attempting to corruptly influencing three ICC witnesses.
Speaking in Kisumu Ms. Camara has stressed that the Kenyan Government was duly notified and upon clearing all set national procedures, Walter Baraza should be handed over since he is a suspect to the court.
This comes at a time when the ICC is soon expected to hold a status conference to review the progress that has been made by the government of Kenya, in terms of cooperation, particularly whether the government has issued information necessary for the continuation of Kenyan cases before the ICC Under the Case facing Baraza, if a suspect is found guilty, he/she is punishable for five years imprisonment with a possible fine.
This comes only after the Trial Chamber V (A) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 17 April 2014, granted, the Prosecutor’s request to subpoena eight Kenyan witnesses to appear before the Trial Chamber in the trial of the case against Samoei William Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang by majority.
The Prosecution said that those eight witnesses are now no longer cooperating or have informed the Prosecution that they are no longer willing to testify.
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