ICC Judge Withdraws from Uhuru Kenyatta's Case

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Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji

One of the judges in the Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has requested to withdraw from the case. The ICC Presidency announced that following a request from Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji to withdraw from the case, the Trial Chamber will be re-constituted to replace Judge Eboe-Osuji with Judge Geoffrey Henderson, a native of Trinidada and Tobago.

“On 30 January 2014, the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to reconstitute Trial Chamber V(b) in the case The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, following the request of Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji. As of 1 February 2014, Judge Geoffrey A. Henderson will replace Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji on the bench”, read the statement sent by the ICC Presidency to newsrooms.

 

No reason was given for Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji’s withdrawal from the case.

He will remain the presiding judge in the cases against William Ruto and Josua arap Sang.

 

 

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Hakika
I think he does not want to be bogged down in two controversial cases that appear to have been poorly investigated. He must already been bored enough in the courtroom that he is already presiding over in moderating and protecting witnesses that from the appearance so far either were very unprepared or highly coached. He can not say this publicly but no one wants to be a judge in a case that the prosecutor has openly admitted she has no credible evidence. I hope the other three judges will be wise enough on February 5 during the case conference to recommend termination of the case against Uhuru Kenyatta. William Ruto will himself soon be smiling back home as a free man. That does not mean they did not have some measure of responsibility in the PEV. It only means that the office of the prosecutor at the ICC was duped to believing that they had an open and closed case. The real culprits are still roaming freely in Kenya while those who might have been suspects only by association are defending themselves at the Hague. Do you know who is loosing big from the incompetence of the office of the prosecutor? The 2007 PEV victims. They now have a double tragedy. Being victims of both PEV and the prosecution's negligence and incompetence. I wonder what Ocampo, Bensouda, and their masters (US, UK, etc) are thinking of the unfolding events!

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