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Int’l Criminal Court Opens Case Over Kenyan Poll Violence

BBC: A Kenyan lawyer has appeared in front of judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) five years after it issued a warrant for his arrest.

The prosecutor charged Paul Gicheru and two others with obstructing the course of justice and interfering with the prosecutors’ witnesses.

He surrendered to the court on Monday, five years after an arrest warrant was issued against him.

He is accused of operating a scheme to approach witnesses, and bribe them to withdraw their testimonies.

Mr Gicheru, speaking from the court’s detention centre in The Hague, told the court via video link that the allegations against him were false.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were among six people indicted by the ICC for their alleged role in violence which broke out after the disputed 2007 election.

The ICC prosecutor eventually abandoned the cases, blaming witness interference.

More than 1,000 people were killed, and hundreds raped and sexually abused during the violence.

The question looming over this witness-tampering case, is whether it might reveal new information that could impact upon the Kenyan deputy president – the war crimes case against Mr Kenyatta is considered closed “unless and until” the prosecutor submits new evidence.

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