The International Criminal Court (ICC) has warned the public against revealing the identity of protected prosecution witnesses.
Speaking after resuming the trial session against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang on Wednesday afternoon, presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said the court would particularly not hesitate to prosecute bloggers or journalists who reveal identities of witnesses.
“Members of the press, bloggers, social media members or participants and their web hosts are particularly called upon to desist from anything that would reveal or attempt to reveal the identity of protected witnesses or to engage in secondary dissemination of such wrongful and illegal information. Such conduct will be investigated and the culprits will be prosecuted,” he warned.
Several online platforms on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the identity of the first witness, whom it is alleged testified in a criminal case in Kenya, but which was eventually dismissed for lack of evidence.
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