6 May 2013

Kenya: ICC Postpones Trial Date of Ruto, Sang Cases

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ICC trial for Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua Sang postponed.

The Trial Chamber V of the International Criminal Court (ICC) hearing the case against Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua Arap Sang has today postponed the start of the case.

The court has set a status conference on May 14 to determine issues raised by the prosecutor and the defence. The case had earlier been scheduled to start on May 28.

A brief communique from the court said "A new date for the trial's opening will be scheduled after hearing the parties and participants' observations during the status conference."

During the public status conference, the parties and participants will present their observations on the Prosecutor's request to add five witnesses to the list of witnesses and the Defence's request to move the trial date. The Chamber will also hold non-public status conferences with the Prosecution on May 7 and with the Defence on May 14 , to discuss these issues and other procedural matters.

The postponement comes barely a week after Deputy President William Ruto had applied to the court asking for the start of his case to be pushed to November.

In his application, Ruto through his lead counsel Karim Khan has asked the court to begin his trial in November to enable his defence team to prepare since the prosecutors have failed to disclose a witness despite orders from the judges.

This is one of three applications the deputy president had made to the court, the two others being an application to attend the hearings via video link, and the other to be allowed to only attend the opening and closing sessions of his trial along with any others in which the judges will require his presence in the chamber.

William Ruto and Joshua Sang are among six Kenyans who were indicted in December of 2010 for their alleged involvement in the 2007-2008 post election violence.

Former head of the Civil Service Francis Muthaura, Former Commissioner of Police Ali and former Minister for Industrialisation who were also accused of various roles in perpetrating the violence have since been cleared of any involvement.

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