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Daily Nation : February 17th 2014
8 | National News JUSTICE | Experts among those lined up to testify Ruto and Sang cases to resume amid rift ICC prosecutor to call three witnesses as defence opposes summons request BY DAVE OPIYO @DaveOpiyo email@example.com ist Joshua arap Sang is set to resume today in The Hague after a two-week break. Three witnesses P-464, T P-409, and P-323, have been lined up by the prosecution to testify, as they seek to prove that the duo played a major role in the 2007/8 post-election violence. Witness P-464 or Mr Herve Maupeu, is a European-based expert, who is expected to provide the historical roots of the violence. The Deputy President and Mr Sang are facing charges of murder, deportation and he trial of Deputy President William Ruto and former radio journal- persecution in relation to the violence that led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people with at least 650,000 others being rendered homeless. But before this happens, the International Criminal Court judges will grant Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart time to respond to Attorney General Githu Muigai’s last week’s submissions on a motion BACKGROUND Lawyers differ over evidence Disclosure: According to the prosecution, witnesses were disclosed to the defence between February and March 2013 and since then, some have refused to testify. They want them summoned. Defence: Mr Ruto and Mr Sang’s lawyers however called on witnesses who had recanted testimony to do it in court. that would have compelled the government to produce seven witnesses who recanted their testimony. Last week, Prof Muigai said if the witnesses were not willing to testify, then they will not assist the prosecution to facilitate their appearance in court. Prof Muigai said the court should not contemplate issuing an order for Kenya to summon the witnesses as this violates the Rome Statute. AG’s fight The defence teams for Mr Ruto led by lawyer Karim Khan and Mr Sang who is represented by Mr Katwa Kigen have also opposed the motion. They described the motion as “inconsistent with the Rome Statute and Kenyan law. The two lawyers will also be granted time to make their submissions on the motion. The prosecution had re- quested the trial chamber to exercise its powers to summon witnesses who have recanted their testimony. CORRECTION | Couple killed in crash DAILY NATION Monday February 17, 2014 BRIEFLY NAKURU Reprieve for squatters as court halts land sale The Land and Environment Court has stopped the planned sale of a disputed 900-acre piece of land in Rongai Sub-County, Nakuru. The Agriculture Finance Corporation had advertised the sale in local dailies but 97 squatters living on the expansive estate sought orders stopping the auction. If the sale is not stopped, many squatters who have lived on the land for several years are at risk of being evicted, they said. Lady Justice Lucy Waithaka ordered AFC to disclose the companies that had already acquired the disputed land. NAIROBI Lobby wants Uhuru to weed out corrupt cartels A lobby has urged President PHOTO | COURTESY The wreckage of the car in which Alex and Stella Mbijiwe were killed on Wednesday near Konza, Mombasa Road. The couple had just bought their new car, a Mitsubishi Outlander KBX 644Y and not a Toyota KBP 709H as we reported in the Saturday Nation. In the same story, we erroneously referred to Mr Mbijiwe’s sister-in-law as Grace Mutuiri instead of Grace Kiogora. We apologise for the mix-up. Kenyatta to quickly dismantle corrupt cartels that are rocking his government. The group calling itself ‘Kenyans for honest governance’ said unless the matter is dealt with urgently and conclusively, the opportunities set aside for youth would disappear. “Kenyans of goodwill must join the President and his deputy in submerging these cartels for good,” the lobby said in a statement. The government is battling questions of controversial appointments and procurement.
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