ICC summons witness who disappeared in case against DP Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang

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The International Criminal Court has summoned a witness who had been scheduled to testify against Deputy President William Ruto and former journalist Joshua Sang at the Hague based court but disappeared.

Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart said the witness will testify for the prosecution in the case against lawyer Paul Gicheru. Gicheru’s case is set to commence on the 15th of February, where the accused will stand trial over witness tampering. Stewart told the court that despite the prosecution’s use of all reasonable efforts at its disposal to locate or contact witness P-0723 to secure his voluntary attendance at the trial, he remained unreachable. Stewart said the witness had confirmed readiness to testify but cut all communication. Some prosecution witnesses in the Crimes against humanity case against Ruto and Sang either recanted their testimonies or disappeared forcing the then ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensuda to withdraw the case.

  

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