|Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had claimed that her witnesses were recanting their evidence because their safety would not be guaranteed after Kenya ceases to be a member of the Statute.|
By Standard Digital Reporter
The plan by Kenya to pull out from the Rome statute dominated Wednesday’s court proceedings as the prosecution made its submission over the matter.
This is after the Judges at the International Criminal Court had sought clarification on whether or not Kenya’s intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute threatened the safety of witnesses.
"Kenya's plan to pull out from Rome Statute is a form of intimidation," Prosecution Lawyer Anton Steynberg said on Wednesday adding that two witnesses who dropped out had raised concerns over Kenya's plan to pull out from Rome Statute.
Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had claimed that her witnesses were recanting their evidence because their safety would not be guaranteed after Kenya ceases to be a member of the Statute.
The Prosecution on Wednesday alleged that the move by the Kenyan authorities- Senate and the National Assembly was affecting the psychological well-being of the witnesses.
They cited that the two witnesses who dropped out recently was as a result of fear from Kenya’s plan to withdraw from the Rome Statute.
Presiding Judge Eboe-Osuji issued a stern warning that anybody including journalists and bloggers revealing identity of witnesses will be prosecuted.
This came after several online platforms revealed what they alleged to be the the name of the first prosecution witness who narrated to the court about the aftermath of the fire that killed about 35 people at the Kiambaa church.
Making submissions, Sang’s lawyer Katwa Kigen objected by saying that Kenya’s Senate resolution was clear that the country will continue co-operating with the ICC.
The court has adjourned to Thursday with hearing set to begin without the first witness returning to testify on Wednesday.
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