15 October 2013

Kenya: ICC Witness 189 Continues Testimony in the Ruto, Sang Case

In the second day of cross examination by the prosecution at the International Criminal Court witness 189, the third prosecution witness to take the stand has told the court that following the outbreak of violence in 2007, houses belonging to Kikuyu were burnt in Kimumu.

"In Kimumu after the clashes, 50-100 houses had been burnt. majority of the houses belonged to the Kikuyu," 189 said, adding that there was rental property in Kimumu that was not burnt but that had been destroyed, with clothing, household items, foodstuffs and papers strewn all over.

The witness also said that after the clashes, hospital wards were full and that she saw dead bodies. "At Langas, there were bodies whose heads were chopped off. I saw human heads planted on sticks," the witness said.

Witness 487 also said that she saw 20 to 30 dead bodies in Kahuhia estate, adding that between 5 and 6 had been eaten by dogs and pigs.

EVIDENCE: Deputy President William Ruto greets Radio journalist Joshua arap Sang outside the ICC . Prosecution Witness 487 is presenting evidence in the case against the two. Photo/REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

The proceedings however went into a private session at the request of the prosecution having done so twice before. The proceedings will break for lunch and resume in the afternoon.

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