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Activist dismisses ICC witness bribe claims

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Ken WafulaOne of the people named at the International Criminal Court as having financially aided witnesses to testify against Deputy President William Ruto has refuted the claims.

Mr Ken Wafula was mentioned in Monday’s proceedings when witness O356 gave his testimony.

While cross-examining the witness, lawyer Karim Khan accused a number of individuals, among them former US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannerberger and activist Ken Wafula of taking part in recruitment of witnesses to testify against Mr Ruto.

But in an interview with the Nation.co.ke on Tuesday, Mr Wafula dismissed the claims saying as director of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy, his group handled witnesses that had testified in the Waki Report but there was no financial aid accorded to them.

NO BRIBE

“The only 15 persons we handled as an organisations were those that testified in the Waki Report and they later reported that their lives were in danger.

“The witnesses each signed for Sh60,000 for the three months that we accommodated them. It is common sense, were it a bribe then they wouldn’t have signed, so there was no bribing of witnesses as Khan alleges,” he said.

Mr Wafula added that the witnesses also recorded statements with the Criminal Investigations Department, the Kenya National Human Rights Commission and the Waki team.

He said he would launch a complaint to the ICC registrar, asking for an opportunity to appear before the court to clear his name.

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