, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6 – Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang on Tuesday take the stand at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to begin the long and tough journey of defending themselves against charges of crimes against humanity following the 2007-8 post election violence.
The trial against the two who are in Kenya Case 1 will be before ICC Trial Chamber V.
It comprises judges Olga Herrera Carbuccia, Robert Fremr and Chile Eboe-Osuji as the presiding judge.
Sang has three defence lawyers whereas Ruto has four international and one Kenyan lawyer.
Ruto’s defence lawyers include Karim Khan, David Hooper, Essa Faal, Shymala Al Agendra and Kilukumi Musau.
Sang whose bills are being footed by the ICC will be represented by Kenyan lawyers Joseph Kipchumba, Katwa Kigen and Silas Chekera.
The ICC Prosecution led by Fatou Bensouda will have James Steward the Deputy Prosecutor and Anton Steynberg, a senior trial lawyer.
The office of the public counsel for victims will be represented by Paolina Massida.
Victims Legal Representative in Case 1, Wilfred Nderitu told Capital FM News that he will be representing about 600 victims whereas Fergal Gaynor who is representing victims in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta informed Capital FM News that he will be representing about 10,000 victims.
The Appeals Chamber in August ruled that Ruto should be present during all sessions of the trial until a full decision on the appeal by the Prosecution is issued.
The Prosecution appealed a decision by the Trial Chamber that allowed Ruto to skip sessions of his trial.
However Ruto made a fresh appeal asking for breaks of two weeks after similar two-week sitting to allow him to attend to State duties.
The Trial Chamber however rejected his request and said he will have to sit in court on a daily basis from September 10 to October 4.
The chamber said it would take 10 days off after October 4 before continuing with the hearings on October 14 all the way to November 1.
More sitting schedules will be released once the case kicks off and also when the trial against Kenyatta starts on November 12.