Deputy president’s ICC case resumes today

The Trial in The Hague of Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto and Journalist Joshua arap Sang resumes on Monday as the final witness is expected to testify via video-link from a secret location. The Witness P0727, was unwilling to testify against the Deputy President but was compelled by the judges to do so. The witness is said to have laid out conditions to be fulfilled before he can testify.

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

On conclusion of the testimony by the witness, prosecution will make its closing remarks before defence teams orally request for a motion of a no-case-to-answer.

They will then make written application within 14 days after closure of the prosecution’s case.

A motion of no-case-to-answer is based on every charge the accused person is facing and the decision is made for every charge.

This means the judges can grant the application wholly or partially for the charges Ruto and Sang are facing.

Ruto and Sang have been charged with crimes against humanity for masterminding the 2007/08 post elections violence. More than 1,000 people and 600,000 were forced from their homes.

The violence started as protests over a flawed Dec. 27, 2007, presidential election but degenerated into tribe versus tribe fighting.