, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – The defence teams of Deputy President William Ruto and his co accused Joshua arap Sang started cross-examining the first witness on Wednesday afternoon, at the International Criminal Court.
Sang’s lawyer Katwa Kigen opened up the interrogation and will proceed with the session on Thursday before Ruto’s lawyer Karim Khan takes over when he concludes.
On Wednesday, the Trial Chamber V (a) Judges turned down an application by the prosecution to have part of the defence evidence thrown out.
It is still not possible to know the details of the proceedings after the judges decided to hold the entire testimony of the witness, only identified as P0536, in-camera to protect her identity.
“I am sure the public will understand because efforts are being made by some people to reveal the identity of the witnesses with obvious intent of discouraging the witness to testify. The public will surely understand that measures need to be taken,” said Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji on September 19.
On Wednesday, the judges indicated that they would prolong the court sessions to catch up with time lost when Ruto was given time off to handle the Westgate tragedy.
Judge Eboe-Osuji said that the court would sit for extended periods on Wednesday, Thursday and possibly Friday to recover from the break, which was about a week long.
He also indicated that the chamber would decide whether or not the court should sit on Saturday after the defence teams made the request.
“We are making efforts to recover the lost time and part of those efforts is the cancellation of a break initially scheduled from October 7 to October 11. In addition we will also be sitting extended hours today and tomorrow,” he said.
The judges are also supposed to make a ruling on whether or not the testimonies of the other witnesses will proceed in-camera.
Ruto and Sang had requested the judges to hold the other sessions in public because their family members and friends want to know how the proceedings are going.
“I am unable to describe the pain that he (Sang) is going through in the manner of the closed proceedings that have the effect of suggesting that he has absolutely no right in terms of having his situation understood to people who matter to him,” argued Kigen.