Dropped ICC Witnesses Speak Out On "Coaching'
One of the witnesses, Samuel Kosgei, explained how they were also told not to hesitate, scratch their noses, touch the back of their ears, faces or neck when being cross-examined because the judges would not trust their testimonies.
He also said that he and others were forced to cram their accounts and would do so in groups so that their testimonies are corroborated. Kosgei was before his withdrawal listed as witness Number 15 and he mentions two officials from the OTP only identified as Emma and Alex as those who conducted the ‘lessons.’>
He claimed that he was given maps of Ruto’s Sugoi home and asked to sketch what he was seeing while at the same time verbally explaining the same in Kalenjin.
Kosgei added that he was also asked to say that he was present at a place where it is alleged that an oathing ceremony took place. “I was also given details about oaths and told by the OTP to say that dogs were slaughtered at the Molo Milk Plant. But I don’t even know where this milk plant is,” he claimed.
Kosgei, who was accompanied by another witness, Simon Rotich, further claimed that he was given Sh50,000 for his accommodation and a further Sh373,000 for him to testify against Ruto. Rotich also alleged that he was given 3,000 euros (Sh348,683) as an inducement to remain on the case.
They both explained how they were taken to Arusha where they were ‘coached’ before being taken to the Netherlands. The two also claimed that they were intimidated by the OTP officials after indicating that they wanted to pull out of the case.
“They took one of my children away and placed him in foster care to force me into testifying against Ruto and Sang. When I refused, they had me declared as an illegal immigrant in Netherlands but I was later released and my son was brought back to us,” alleged Rotich.
Kosgei and Rotich both claimed that the initial accounts they gave to the Waki Commission and which was used by the OTP was changed and details which they were unaware of, inserted.
In the video clip, Rotich explained how he was forced to place his fingerprint on one of the allegedly doctored documents when he declined to approve it. He explained that OTP Senior Trial Attorney Cynthia Tai and others threatened him and made him place his fingerprint.
Kosgei however said that he was ready to face any legal processes that might come his way as a result of his turn- around.
SOURCE: Capital FM News