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Elusive witness in Ruto ICC case found

The trial couldn't resume since Monday due to his absence/FILE

The trial couldn’t resume since Monday due to his absence/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – The 30th witness in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang is finally expected to begin testifying at 12.30 Kenyan time on Thursday.

The witness was eventually located on Wednesday and asked to take the stand.

The trial couldn’t resume since Monday due to his absence.

Trial chamber V (A) had called for another status conference Thursday to discuss way forward over the absentee witness.

Witness P0727 had been summoned to testify by the ICC judges following an application by the prosecution which says the witness has crucial evidence which is important in its case.

The ICC Public Affairs Unit explained that the witness had been unwilling to testify which prompted the judges to summon him to appear.

According to the communication, the witness made fresh conditions before testifying.

“Having been relocated for the purpose of testifying for the Office of the Prosecutor, this witness has, at various times, either refused to testify at all or placed conditions on his testimony. Witness 727 is summoned to testify on March 23, 2015,” the Public Affairs Unit stated.

The witness is the last to be presented by the Prosecution before it closes its case against Ruto and Sang.

Earlier, the prosecution had been asked by the ICC judges to close its case by March 12 but the decision changed after the 30th witness refused to testify as scheduled earlier.

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Upon conclusion of the testimony of the witness, the prosecution will make its closing remarks.

The defence teams are thereafter expected to orally request for a motion of a no-case-to-answer before making written application within 14 days after closure of the prosecution’s case.

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