|Written By:Catherine Achieng’a, Posted: Mon, Sep 05, 2011|
The confirmation of charges hearings entered its 4th day Monday at the International Criminal Court in The Hague with Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey opting not to call any witnesses to his defence.
Kosgey however through his lawyer George Oraro denied any links with an organized network in plotting the 2007-2008 post election violence as alleged by the prosecution team.
He also denied participating in any preparatory meetings that planned the widespread attacks.
The hearing characterized by several private sessions, also saw Kosgey’s lawyer describe Ocampo’s evidence as wanting, pegged on unreliable witnesses with contradictory statements.
Kosgey chose to launch his defense against allegations by ICC prosecutors linking him to plotting, financing and planning the execution of Party of National Unity (PNU) supporters in Rift Valley during the post poll chaos.
The defense team pegged its defense on two parts including an analysis of the prosecutions allegations against its client, as well as an evidence based analysis of elements of crime lodged by the prosecutor.
Kosgey through Oraro moved to deny any links with an organized group to plan the violence, as well as denied claims of having attended meetings prior to the elections in which plans of the attacks were discussed.
At the same time the defence team moved to poke holes into the prosecution’s investigations and evidence, with Oraro describing it as inadequate querying the consistency of witness statements presented by Ocampo.
Kosgey also pointed out that he had been hosted on Kass Fm in March 2010, an admission he says is not in any way intended to implicate the radio station as having fueled the violence.
Kosgey’s defense team’s session ended its submission at 7.20p.m. Kenyan time.
The third suspect radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang is expected to call his witnesses Bishop Jackson Kosgei and Moi University lecturer Paul Chepkwony as he launches his defence in the remaining time of the court’s session until 10 p.m. Kenyan time.