Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bensouda's Staff Were Having Sex With ICC Witnesses, Ruto Claims

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda may be forced to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate ICC staff members for allegedly engaging in sex liaisons with witnesses and bribing them to fix Deputy President William Ruto.

The DP lawyers instituted proceedings that will see ICC prosecution staff, witnesses and activists face the full force of the law in what is turning out to be a case of the hunter becoming the hunted.

The filling read in part:

"The Defence submits that OTP evidence gives reason to believe that ICC staff members may have: (i) engaged in sexual relations with witnesses and their families; (ii) been bribed by witnesses; and (iii) were party to the submission of false financial claims, breaches of VWU protocols by witnesses, and obtaining pecuniary benefit from the false financial claims"

Ruto was facing crimes against humanity following the 2008 post-election violence. His case was terminated after a protracted trial at the Hague based court.

They want on to claim that the witness knowingly gave false information:

"The Defence has reason to believe that other witnesses have knowingly given false testimony before this Chamber. However, the Defence has limited this request to 4 witnesses. The investigation undertaken by the amicus should, therefore, not be limited to the 4 witnesses highlighted in this request"

"A cell-site data report indicates that P-0409’s phone was in North Nyanza, and not in North Rift, from 27 to 29 December 2007. Additionally, the Defence’s examination of the electoral register shows that P-0409 was not registered at [REDACTED] Primary School in [REDACTED] for 2007 as he claimed but was registered in [REDACTED] Primary School in [REDACTED],"
Ruto's filing states.

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