International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has threatened take legal action against all witnesses who admitted that they lied to her team during the prosecution’s investigation into the 2007/8 post-election violence in Kenya.
A number of witnesses particularly in the case facing Deputy President, William Ruto, and his co- accused, Joshua Sang, have admitted that they lied to the ICC investigators out of sheer hatred for Ruto.
Citing Article 70 (3) of the Rome Statute, Bensouda said she will institute charges to all witnesses who lied in the cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto and Sang.
According to the article, perjury at the ICC can be punished by a jail term of up to 5 years, a fine, or both.
Bensouda, who is a Gambian national, said she is reviewing more than 20 witnesses in the two Kenyans cases, and they will soon be arrested and prosecuted by the ICC.
Many witness admitted to the ICC that they lied to officials and investigators after they were promised ‘goodies.’