Kenyan Journalist wanted by ICC now says he is ready to surrender himself five years later after fighting extradition
Mr Baraza was indicted by ICC in 2013 for witness tampering in the collapsed case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
Mr. Baraza said he is simply tired and he is ready to surrender himself to court despite having fought his extradition in the Kenyan courts since 2013, according to a local daily.
“The only way to redeem myself is to clear my name from the ICC allegations, erase the wild perceptions from the public and start life with the hope that God will grant me and my family more days.”
Mr Baraza who was indicted by ICC for witness tampering in the collapsed case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto his decision has been influenced because he has run out of money and contrary to public opinion he is actually a poor man.
“I am not even able to pay rent because nobody is ready to employ me. In Western Kenya where I come from, I am seen as a Jubilee agent,” he said.
ICC released Baraza’s warrant of arrest on October 2, 2013, at a time when DP Ruto’s case was at its apex.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda publicly claimed that Barasa worked so closely with “a circle of officials within the Kenyan administration” to tamper with witnesses by offering them bribes to the tune of millions of Kenyan shillings for withdraw.
Mr. Baraza says his friends believe that he is a millionaire yet he is poor as a church mouse and others see him as a Jubilee agent.
He claims he is also jobless and no employer can employ him because of the ICC tag.
Mr. Baraza has instructed his three lawyers –Kimbe Mungai, Katwa Kigen and Gatonye Waweru – to hasten the process of his extradition.
“I hope they will take note of the instructions because I have explained to them in detail a number of reasons to the effect of my desire to clear my name,”
If extradited, he will be in detention at the Hague as he battles to clear his name.
In 2015, ICC declined his request to revoke the arrest warrant and in its place issue summons to appear.
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