March 20, 2014

Kenya Court Allows Walter Barasa’s ICC Extradition

If Walter Barasa is transferred to the ICC and found guilty he could face up to five years in jail.
If Walter Barasa is transferred to the ICC and found guilty he could face up to five years in jail.

Kenya’s high court has ruled that a journalist wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague can be extradited.

Walter Barasa is suspected of offering bribes to prosecution witnesses in the trial of Deputy President William Ruto.

Mr Barasa, who denies the allegations, had sought to challenge the arrest warrant issued by the ICC last year.

Mr Ruto’s trial is ongoing and he denies charges of being behind ethnic violence surrounding polls in 2007.

Some 1,200 people died and 600,000 were forced from their homes following the presidential election on 27 December 2007.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is also due to stand trial on similar charges – he too denies the allegations.

His trial, which was to start last month, has been delayed after a witness withdrew and another admitted giving false evidence.

Last year, charges were dropped against Kenya’s former civil service head Francis Muthaura, a co-accused of Mr Kenyatta, as some witnesses were too frightened to testify and another witness had recanted his testimony, the ICC said at the time.

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