Kenya vice-president Ruto due to hear war crimes case ruling



    Kenya vice-president Ruto due to hear war crimes case ruling

    April 5, Nairobi: Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto is due to find out whether a crime against humanity case against him will be thrown out by judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC), media reports said.

    Ruto denies murder, deportation and persecution charges during violence that followed the 2007 elections in which about 1,200 people were killed.
    He is one of the most senior politicians to be tried by the ICC.

    Ruto’s lawyers want the case to be terminated due to a lack of evidence.

    Several key witnesses in the case have changed their statements, which prosecutors said was due to intimidation and bribery, BBC reported.

    Ruto's lawyers said he should be acquitted because so many key prosecution witnesses have either dropped or changed their original statements.

    ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has acknowledged that the loss of witnesses has weakened the case against the deputy president - but she has argued there still remains enough evidence to proceed with the trial, according to reports.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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