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Extradition bid: DPP to appeal court ruling

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) intends to appeal a High Court ruling declining his request to have two lawyers extradited to The Hague.

The DPP had sought to enforce a warrant of arrest orders issued against lawyers Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 10, 2015.

Last week, however, High Court Judge Luka Kimaru declined to grant the DPP’s application saying the ICC failed to consult Kenya before issuing warrants of arrest against the two Kenyans it wanted extradited to be tried for alleged interference with witnesses.

“The DPP being dissatisfied with the entire ruling and orders of the court on November 16, 2017 intends to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the whole of the said ruling,” lawyer Victor Mule, for the DPP said in court papers.

The two lawyers are alleged to have blocked the administration of justice by allegedly corruptly influencing witnesses in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua Sang.

In 2015, the ICC made a finding that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the two advocates are criminally responsible for offences against the administration of justice, by trying to influence the prosecution witnesses.

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