ICC Prosecution Works to Protect Kenyan Witnesses

“Witnesses Reveal Dark Secrets of Election Violence”

“Key Witnesses in Poll Violence are Flown Out”:

At least 20 witnesses said to be holding crucial evidence on hate crimes committed during the post-election violence have been placed under protection.

Many have been flown out of Kenya for their safety while others are being protected in safe houses in various parts of the country, a civil society official involved in the international witness protection initiative disclosed on Friday.

They include seven people thought to have crucial evidence that could nail the masterminds of two of the worst atrocities committed in the Rift Valley during the violence, the official, who did not wish to be named to avoid compromising his trust, said.

The scheme under which the witnesses have been placed is managed by the civil society and international agencies and is not the one operated by the government.

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