The International Criminal Court (ICC) has given a green light for its prosecutors to extract evidence from the vacated case against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang for use against lawyer Paul Gicheru who surrendered to the Hague-based court last year December.
These revelations come at a time when it is rumored the international court may be planning to revive the vacated case against Ruto and Sang.
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Already, one of the judges, Miatta Maria Samba has directed the prosecution to inform the defense on the nature of the protective measures concerning witnesses mentioned in the case against Dr. Ruto and Mr. Joshua arap Sang.
Thereafter, the evidence will be transferred to Mr. Gicheru’s case with confidentiality and redaction of some details to conceal the identities of witnesses.
“The urgency invoked with the chamber seems to stem from the fact that the prosecution did not include the current records in its previous request, despite it being foreseeable. While the chamber does not consider that prejudice to the defence has occurred, it reminds the prosecution to display the appropriate and necessary standard of diligence when making its submissions,” the judge said.
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The prosecution has accused lawyer Paul Gicheru of offering Sh20.4 million as bribes to eight witnesses in the case involving DP William Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang thus tampering with the case.
Evidence collected by the prosecution against him comprises more than 43,524 items totaling at least 221,110 pages.