Local tribunal for ICC suspects as AG says none will be handed...

Local tribunal for ICC suspects as AG says none will be handed over

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Attorney-General Githu Muigai at a past meeting. PHOTO/FILE.

Nairobi, KENYA: Kenyans wanted by International Criminal Court wont be handed to face justice in the icourt instead the government is opting to institute local prosecution against them

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Thursday, Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai said that the government will do a formal request to icc to give it prosecution details of the case.

He also said they will request  evidence against the accused including Walter Barasa,Paul Gicheru and Philip Koech so that they can be handled locally.

“We shall be engaging the ICC in seeking the handover of the investigations files, evidence and requisite information to support the preferring of charges and subsequent prosecution of the three accused locally,” Prof Muigai said.

Walter Barasa, a journalist , Paul Gicheru a lawyer and Philip Bett, are wanted by the ICC for alleged witness interference in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua arap Sang which collapsed on April 5.

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He pointed out that the Government is committed in ensuring that justice is done in respect of any allegations of impropriety against the defence .

On Kenya’s status as a party state to Rome statute he indicated that the country  is closely monitoring developments from AU foreign affairs ministers who are discussing ICC withdrawal matter.