Bensouda urges Kenya to surrender Bett and Barasa to ICC

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ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is calling on the Kenyan Government to hand over two more suspects accused of interfering with witnesses in the Kenyan cases at the Haque-based court.

Bensouda maintains that Paul Gicheru who voluntarily surrendered to the ICC early this week acted alongside two other Kenyans, Philip Kipkoech Bett and Walter Osapiri Barasa, and who must also be availed in court for allegedly attempting to pervert the course of justice.es

“I call on the Kenyan authorities to fulfil their obligations under the Rome Statute to ensure the surrender of the remaining two suspects to the custody of the Court, so that their guilt or innocence on the charges against them may be determined in a court of law.” Bensouda said in a statement.

Bensouda insists that her office established reasonable grounds to believe that the three were involved in an organized and systematic criminal scheme, aimed at approaching and corrupting six Prosecution witnesses, through bribes and other inducements, in exchange for withdrawing as witnesses and/or recanting their prior statements to the Prosecution.