The Prosecutor v. Bett
Allegations & Charges
Philip Kipkoech Bett is suspected of offenses against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing Prosecution witnesses. The ICC Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) has provided 58 annexes containing documentary evidence, including a number of witness statements and transcripts of interviews, official documents and correspondence. The OTP alleges, and the evidence demonstrates, that there has existed, from at least April 2013, a criminal scheme designed to systematically approach and corruptly influence witnesses of the OTP through bribery and other methods of inducements in exchange for their withdrawal as prosecution witnesses and/or recantation of their prior statements to the OTP.
The evidence indicates that said scheme has been run in an organized manner and with a clear distribution of tasks. The role of Philip Kipkoech Bett has been to contact the witnesses, at least some of whom they knew previously, and to make initial proposals before bringing them to the managers.
There is also information that those witnesses who were successfully corrupted were enticed to make contact with other witnesses, for the purpose of their corruption.
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The Accused is alleged to have committed the crimes listed below under the following modes of criminal liability:
Committing crimes as an individual, jointly with another or through another person (Article 25(3)(a) of the Rome Statute)
Intentionally contributing to the commission or attempted commission of crimes by a group, with the aim of furthering the criminal activity or purpose of the perpetrators (Article 25(3)(d)(i)), and with knowledge of the perpetrators’ intention to commit these crimes (Article 25(3)(d)(ii))
Under these modes of liability, the Accused is charged with Corruptly Influencing Witnesses, and Offence against the Administration of Justice (Article 70(1)(c)).