Ruto, Sang ICC trial resumes in The Hague

November 17, 2014 7:54 am
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Ruto is expected to travel to The Hague this weekend to be present during the testimony of one of the witnesses whom the prosecution deems key in the trial/FILE
Ruto is expected to travel to The Hague this weekend to be present during the testimony of one of the witnesses whom the prosecution deems key in the trial/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – The International Criminal Court trial against Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua arap Sang was scheduled to resume on Monday at noon (Kenyan time).

The 26th witness was expected to testify against Ruto and Sang via video link from Nairobi.

The witness is among the nine who had declined to testify or withdrew their statements but were summoned to give their testimonies.

So far, four of the nine witnesses have testified and have all been declared hostile after recanting their initial statements to ICC investigators.

Ruto is expected to travel to The Hague this weekend to be present during the testimony of one of the witnesses whom the prosecution deems key in the trial.

The current session in the case against Ruto and Sang will run through to December 12 when the court will go on recess.

Since the start of trial against Ruto and Sang on 10 September, 2013, 25 witnesses have given their testimonies before Trial Chamber V (a).

Twenty one of the witnesses voluntarily testified while four were forced to give their testimonies.

Meanwhile, Trial Chamber V (b) which is hearing the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to make an announcement to determine if the prosecution will be granted more time to gather evidence against the president.

Last month, the prosecution indicated it had nine witnesses to demonstrate President Kenyatta’s links with the Mungiki that led to attacks in Nakuru and Naivasha.

The defence has questioned why the prosecution is not ready to proceed with the trial if it has evidence as it claims.

The prosecution on the other hand has turned its focus on the Government of Kenya which it has accused of failing to submit information on Kenyatta’s land, telephone and other records it considers important to sustain charges against him.

The defence has further claimed that continued delay of the trial against President Kenyatta is infringing on his rights and has urged the judges to drop the case.

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