By Kenya Today
The International Criminal Court in The Hague suspects that the government of Kenya bribes witnesses in the processes against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President Ruto. The court has issued an arrest warrant for a Kenyan who would have paid bribes.
The ICC suspect that the journalist, Walter Osapiri Barasa, is part of a larger group which sole purpose is to influence the process.
It is the first time that the court issues an arrest warrant against a man for allegedly bribing witnesses. The court has asked Kenya to arrest and extradite him.
Kenyatta and Ruto are accused of violating human rights following the Kenyan presidential elections in 2007. In the aftermath of the elections about 1.200 Kenyans died. Both Ruto and Kenyatta claim to be innocent.
The charge of the prosecution was already known. Walter Osapiri BarasaÂ was active for many years for Kenyan media, including the leading newspaper Daily Nation. Last week Walter Osapiri Barasa stated to be innocent.
He then suggested that an ICC investigator, Paul Irani, had approached the western Kenyan town Eldoret to find a witness against Ruto, because the ICC would not have been able to find credible witnesses.Â When Walter Osapiri BarasaÂ refused to cooperate, Irani would have threatened him.