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Khan to Iringo: If we said you fixed Ruto, you did

Ruto's lead counsel Karim Khan QC, said the Deputy President's defence team stands by everything said in court/FILE

Ruto’s lead counsel Karim Khan QC, said the Deputy President’s defence team stands by everything said in court/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – William Ruto’s ICC lawyer has dismissed arguments by Mutea Iringo that the Interior Principal Secretary did not conspire to fabricate evidence to fix the Deputy President in his Hague case.

In a response to Iringo’s rebuttal, Ruto’s lead counsel Karim Khan QC, said the Deputy President’s defence team stands by everything said in court.

“I can unequivocally state that my defence team has never and will never present evidence it knows to be false or does not believe to be true. This obviously entails vigorous and thorough investigations by the defence team. We will not be deterred by any pressure or extraneous interests or attempt to dissuade us in the discharge of our responsibilities,” Khan said.

He said Ruto’s defence team will not be pulled into such sideshows as the case is before court and it will be up to the judges to make a decision based on the evidence presented by the defence team.

He maintained that together with other defence lawyers representing Ruto in his case at the ICC, the team always gives factual information.

He stuck to the point that everything the lawyers said was investigated and found to be truthful.

Khan, while saying he had not verified the authenticity of Iringo’s protest letter since it was sent by a person not known to him, said the PS should have followed the due legal procedure by presenting his objection in court.

“The proper forum for presenting evidence is before a court of law. It is not appropriate to engage in collateral litigation through the press,” Khan argued.

In a letter addressed to Khan, Iringo on Tuesday said he was not part of a conspiracy that fixed Ruto as alleged by the DP’s defence team.

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Iringo’s letter addressed to Khan, argues that the claims made during the ongoing trial at the ICC were unfair, false and without basis.

Iringo contends the reckless accusations which are without basis have damaged his reputation and incited unnecessary political tensions.

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