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Don’t risk arrest, judge warns again

Friday April 8 2011

AFP | Nation Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (back left), Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura (second left) and Postmaster-General Hussein Ali (third right) during the hearing at The Hague on April 08, 2011.

AFP | Nation Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (back left), Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura (second left) and Postmaster-General Hussein Ali (third right) during the hearing at The Hague on April 08, 2011. 

By ERIC SHIMOLI reporting from THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS [email protected]

The second set of post-election violence suspects appeared before the International Criminal Court on Friday to hear the judge repeat a stern warning against activities that could lead to issue of arrest warrants.

As the court repeated the warning issued when the first set of three suspects appeared the previous days, Public Service head Francis Muthaura, through his lawyer, sought to distance himself from the utterances and activities that have prompted the warnings.

The appearance on Friday initiated a battle looming over the production of evidence by the prosecution.

Lawyers representing Mr Muthaura and co-defendants, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali, asked the court to ensure that Chief Prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo gives the defence all statements submitted to the court.

This, the lawyers said, would enable them start proper defence for their witnesses ahead of the September 21 start of confirmation of charges hearings.

Later, Mr Kenyatta, Mr Muthaura, and Gen-Ali expressed satisfaction with the proceedings and predicted that they would be exonerated.

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Mr Kenyatta and Mr Muthaura were responding to questions by journalists while the response for Maj-Gen Ali was given by his lead counsel, Canadian Gregory Kehoe.

Another case involving suspended Cabinet ministers William Ruto and Henry Kosgey and broadcaster Joshua Sang was dealt with on Thursday.

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AFP | Nation Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (back left), Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura (second left) and Postmaster-General Hussein Ali (third right) during the hearing at The Hague on April 08, 2011.

AFP | Nation Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (back left), Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura (second left) and Postmaster-General Hussein Ali (third right) during the hearing at The Hague on April 08, 2011. 

By ERIC SHIMOLI reporting from THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS [email protected]

The second set of post-election violence suspects appeared before the International Criminal Court on Friday to hear the judge repeat a stern warning against activities that could lead to issue of arrest warrants.

As the court repeated the warning issued when the first set of three suspects appeared the previous days, Public Service head Francis Muthaura, through his lawyer, sought to distance himself from the utterances and activities that have prompted the warnings.

The appearance on Friday initiated a battle looming over the production of evidence by the prosecution.

Lawyers representing Mr Muthaura and co-defendants, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali, asked the court to ensure that Chief Prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo gives the defence all statements submitted to the court.

This, the lawyers said, would enable them start proper defence for their witnesses ahead of the September 21 start of confirmation of charges hearings.

Later, Mr Kenyatta, Mr Muthaura, and Gen-Ali expressed satisfaction with the proceedings and predicted that they would be exonerated.

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Mr Kenyatta and Mr Muthaura were responding to questions by journalists while the response for Maj-Gen Ali was given by his lead counsel, Canadian Gregory Kehoe.

Another case involving suspended Cabinet ministers William Ruto and Henry Kosgey and broadcaster Joshua Sang was dealt with on Thursday.

In addition to the accusations of murder, forcible evictions and persecution levelled aga58-jsifr7z/index.html" target="_blank">

AFP | Nation Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (back left), Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura (second left) and Postmaster-General Hussein Ali (third right) during the hearing at The Hague on April 08, 2011.

AFP | Nation Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (back left), Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura (second left) and Postmaster-General Hussein Ali (third right) during the hearing at The Hague on April 08, 2011. 

By ERIC SHIMOLI reporting from THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS [email protected]

The second set of post-election violence suspects appeared before the International Criminal Court on Friday to hear the judge repeat a stern warning against activities that could lead to issue of arrest warrants.

As the court repeated the warning issued when the first set of three suspects appeared the previous days, Public Service head Francis Muthaura, through his lawyer, sought to distance himself from the utterances and activities that have prompted the warnings.

The appearance on Friday initiated a battle looming over the production of evidence by the prosecution.

Lawyers representing Mr Muthaura and co-defendants, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali, asked the court to ensure that Chief Prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo gives the defence all statements submitted to the court.

This, the lawyers said, would enable them start proper defence for their witnesses ahead of the September 21 start of confirmation of charges hearings.

Later, Mr Kenyatta, Mr Muthaura, and Gen-Ali expressed satisfaction with the proceedings and predicted that they would be exonerated.

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Mr Kenyatta and Mr Muthaura were responding to questions by journalists while the response for Maj-Gen Ali was given by his lead counsel, Canadian Gregory Kehoe.

Another case involving suspended Cabinet ministers William Ruto and Henry Kosgey and broadcaster Joshua Sang was dealt with on Thursday.

In addition to the accusations of murder, forcible evictions and persecution levelled aga