ICC charges Kenyan with bribing witnesses in Ruto case

2013-10-02 12:57
Kenyan Vice President William Ruto. (AFP)

Kenyan Vice President William Ruto. (AFP)

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Amsterdam - The International Criminal Court said on Wednesday it had issued an arrest warrant for a Kenyan citizen charged with trying to bribe witnesses to withdraw testimony in a case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.

In a court filing, prosecutors said Walter Osapiri Barasa had been charged with three counts of corruptly influencing a witness, allegedly paying one prosecution witness and his wife 1.4 million Kenyan shillings ($16 200) to withdraw their testimony. They said Kenya must now arrest Barasa.

Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta are charged separately with orchestrating a wave of violence that swept Kenya after contested elections in 2007, in which at least  1 200 people died.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  uhuru kenyatta  |  william ruto  |  kenya  |  east africa

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