Appeal court halts Walter Barasa’s extradition to the ICC

The Court of Appeal has temporarily stopped the arrest and extradition of journalist Walter Barasa to the International Criminal Court pending the hearing and determination of his appeal.

Mr Barasa is wanted by the ICC on charges of interfering with witnesses in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang.

He is accused of offering Sh1.4 million to Witness No 536 if she agreed to withdraw as ICC prosecution witness in the trial of Mr Ruto and Mr Sang.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda last September requested the help of the government for Mr Barasa’s extradition after she obtained a warrant of arrest from the ICC judges.

On May 14, the High Court in Kenya granted the orders for his arrest and extradition.

In granting the request, Justice Richard Mwongo ruled on May 14 that he was satisfied with the reasons for Mr Barasa’s arrest given by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku.

-nation.co.ke

The Court of Appeal has temporarily stopped the arrest and extradition of journalist Walter Barasa to the International Criminal Court pending the hearing and determination of his appeal. PHOTO | FILE

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