NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecution has made an application asking the court to admit pr...
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecution has made an application asking the court to admit prior evidence of six witnesses who recanted their evidence in the case against Deputy President William Ruto .
In an application filed on Thursday, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the evidence submitted by the witnesses in their primary testimonies were important in giving the full picture of the happening of the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence (PEV).
“Last, the Prosecution submits that the admission of the Prior Recorded Testimony of the Corrupted Witnesses would assist the fair evaluation of their testimony by providing the Chamber with the totality of their evidence,” Bensouda explained.
Bensouda said the witnesses had given the evidence before they were corrupted hence the primary statements should be considered as evidence since the witnesses were corrupted to recant.
The prior recorded testimony is highly relevant to this case, since it contains the corrupted witnesses’ accounts concerning the PEV in the areas described in the Document Containing the Charges, the crimes that were committed, and the people responsible for this. The probative value of this evidence stems from its internal consistency, intrinsic reliability and – in general – its corroboration by evidence already on the record,” she explained.
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