The international community outmaneuvered Kenya today with the ongoing cases at the ICC by carrying out witness testimonies in privacy and denying paid up journalists, bloggers and the whole battalion of TNA and URP Mps who have set camp at the ICC since the trials begun a chance to continue covert witness harassment.
In a terse warning yesterday, presiding Judge Osuji-Eboe told kenyan media players, both mainstream and social media participants, to desist from acts which may constitute witness intimidation, a crime under international Law.
On his part, ICC lead prosecutor Anton Steynberg told the judges that the attempts to reveal the identity of witnesses coupled with the previous efforts by Kenyan MPs and Senators to initiate the process of withdrawing Kenya from the ICC had greatly compromised the safety of witnesses, hence the need to accord them protective measures including moving them out of the country and having their testimonies held in camera.
This afternoon, furious Kenyan MPs camping at The Hague Â and who were visibly angered by the the decision of the court to hold the ‘witnesses sessions’ in camera threatened to demonstrate within the precepts of the Hague-based court. But we guess they were warned by Ruto’s defense team.
After the attention of the judges were drawn to the attempts by the legislators to pull out of the ICC, any sideshow by Kenyan politicians are extremely dangerous for the two leading government officials accused, for such actions are prejudicial and can be interpreted by an increasingly hostile court as contemptuous.