13 August 2013

Kenya: International Criminal Court Outlines Rules for Ruto, Sang Trial

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ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda seeks to introduce recorded statements from former witnesses in William Ruto case.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has instructed Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to reduce the number of hours she intends to present her case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto and jounalist Joshua arap Sang in September, Kenya's Capital FM reported on Monday (August 12th).

Bensouda initially intended to call 46 witnesses over 413 hours but due to witness withdrawals, the number has dropped to 42.

"Having compared practice and experience in the other cases before the court, the chamber is of the view that the prosecution's estimates appear excessive," the judges said, adding that Bensouda's estimated time frame will be re-evaluated at a status conference before the scheduled commencement of the trial on September 10th.

On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta's lawyer Steven Kay submitted a request to parts of his trial for alleged human rights violations to be held in Kenya or Tanzania, Kenya's The Standard reported.

Last month, the court asked parties to the trial to submit their observations on where it should be held. Kenyatta's trial is scheduled to commence on November 12th.

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