The International Criminal Court is seeking the arrest of t Kenyan journalist Walter Barasa. Barasa is accused of trying to coerce witnesses to withdraw their testimony in the ICC’s case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.

An ICC judge ruled that there were reasonable grounds to believe that Barasa was “corruptly influencing” witnesses. The BBC is reporting that this is the first time the ICC has issued this kind of arrest warrant.

In an interview with Reuters, Barasa said that police had not tried to detain him.

“I have not gotten in touch with any witnesses or anybody having any intention of asking them or bribing them to pull out of the case,” he said.

Barasa faces five years in jail if found guilty.

Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta are facing the ICC on separate charges of inciting violence following the heavily disputed 2007 election.


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