Kenya: ICC Piles Stress on DP Ruto
(The Star) – – The ICC has once more dealt a blow to Deputy President William Ruto, by rejecting his plea for suspension of a no-case-to-answer movement till after the willpower of his enchantment on hostile witnesses.
These particulars emerged as Jubilee MPs – troubled by ICC choices – sought divine intervention to extricate the DP from the court docket’s stranglehold at a large rally in Ruiru yesterday.
The ruling places Ruto and his co-accused Joshua Sang in a decent spot as they’ve lower than 12 days to file the movement searching for to demolish the prosecution case, together with the prior testimony of 5 hostile witnesses.
Aside from the recanted testimony, the duo should additionally dismantle the testimony of 29 prosecution witnesses in addition to documentary proof – together with the just lately admitted Waki Fee Report.
“Aware of the necessity to keep away from pointless delays, the Chamber considers that the schedule for ‘no case to reply’ motions is to be maintained,” the three-judge Bench dominated.
“The Chamber considers that the defence ought to have the ability to tackle, in any ‘no case to reply’ submission they make, the proof earlier than the Chamber each by way of the present document, and within the different, in a scenario the place the aforementioned supplies wouldn’t kind a part of the proof.”
Final week, Ruto and Sang requested the Judges to be permitted to file the movement after the Appeals Chamber’s verdict on their enchantment. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda didn’t oppose the request, solely warning that the transfer will extend the duo’s trial.
Bensouda nevertheless stated she’s going to vehemently oppose any makes an attempt by the defence to name her hostile witnesses ought to their no-case-toanswer movement be dismissed.
In keeping with the schedule, the no-case-toanswer movement have to be filed not later than 14 days following the final day of the prosecution’s case. Bensouda formally closed her case on Thursday final week, paving the way in which for Ruto and Sang to file the movement. The duo have pinned their hopes on the movement to safe an acquittal with out having to mount a defence, a laborious course of that’s prone to final months on finish.
The precept of a no-case-to-answer movement is that if the prosecution has adduced inadequate proof after calling all its witnesses, the accused is acquitted forthwith, with out placing up a defence. Considerably, nevertheless, the no-case-to-answer movement have to be filed in 40 pages solely.
ICC judges Chile Eboe-Osuji, Robert Fremr and Olga Herrera Carbuccia declined to increase the web page restrict to 100, even after a passionate plea by Ruto and Sang that documentary proof and the testimony of hostile witnesses would complicate the train.
Final week, the judges allowed Ruto and Sang to enchantment the choice on prior recorded testimony, giving them a second probability to battle use of recanted statements.
The choice has despatched political shockwaves into Ruto’s political internal circle, triggering a sequence of political-cum-prayer rallies. In the meantime, the judges have rejected journalist Walter Barasa’s request for the revocation of his arrest warrant, saying he ought to voluntarily give up to the ICC after which apply for an interim launch as soon as in detention.
By Felix Olick.