Presiding ICC judge Eboe Osuji in the case against Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang yesterday came under sharp criticism from Jubilee politicians during the prayer rallies for Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and Sang.
On Friday, judge Osuji warned Kenyan politicians against disparaging the work of the court in the ongoing cases.
â€œThe Trial Chamber attempt to lecture, intimidate and gag Kenyans and their leaders in the mistaken hope that they will subdue them into silence is unfortunate, unlawful and a gross violation of the basic values of the Rome Statute and fundamental principles of international law,â€ said the MPs, led by National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale.
DP Ruto ally and Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen wondered who the ICC was working for to stop them from condemning it.
“Who is the ICC to stop us from criticising it? Who are they?” asked Murkomen.
Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji had warned the politicians against making statements on the ongoing case.
â€œThere has been unending stream of clamour in the Kenyan media about the proceedings in this case. This is an odd contact that has been observed even before the commencement of evidential hearing in the case indicating divided sentiments on either side of the case,â€ said the judge who also warned that the court would not be bullied by political statements to make favourable rulings.