Kenya court declines to block arrest of journalist wanted by the International Criminal Court

A Kenyan court has refused to stop the arrest of a journalist wanted by the International Criminal Court for allegedly corrupting prosecution witnesses in the crimes against humanity case against Kenya's deputy president.

Judge Richard Mwongo said Friday that journalist Walter Barasa did not demonstrate how his constitutional rights will be violated or that he is likely to suffer oppression and discrimination if arrested.

Deputy President William Ruto has pleaded not guilty to charges of crimes against humanity. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto and radio broadcaster Joshua Sang are charged with allegedly orchestrating post-election violence which killed more than 1,000 people following disputed polls in late 2007.

Ruto's case continued to be heard at the ICC this week, but the case against Kenyatta may collapse because witnesses are withdrawing.