10 February 2014

Kenya: Ruto Says Kenyan Cases At the Hague Will Collapse

Photo: Benedikt von Loebell/World Economic Forum
Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenyaat the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013.

Deputy President William Ruto has expressed confidence that the ICC cases against him, President Uhuru Kenyatta and journalist Joshua Sang will collapse.

Speaking at Emurua Dikirr and Ilkerin in Trans Mara on Saturday, Ruto said Kenyans' prayers have worked as the former ICC prosecutor Moreno Ocampo says the accused were fixed.

"What we have been saying all through that we are innocent has come to pass since Ocampo has come out to say that he was being pressured by some envoys to ensure that Uhuru and Ruto names are not on the ballot papers in 2013," Ruto said.

During the two rallies, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Joyce Laboso, Kericho Senator Charles Keter, Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and MPs Johana Ng'eno (Emurua Dikirr), Moses Cheboi (Kuresoi North), Patrick Ntutu (Narok West), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and Mithika Linturi (Igembe South) asked the ICC to immediately terminate the cases against Uhuru, Ruto and Sang.

Keter said that everybody is aware that innocent people were taken to The Hague for political convenience. He said the court should admit it did not have tangible evidence against the three Kenyans, and terminate the cases without any conditions.

"It was unwise for the International Criminal Court to depend on the evidence provided by NGOs and other political brokers who were only interested in enriching themselves," he said.

Laboso said that the 2007-08 postelection violence has taught Kenyans a bitter lesson. She said such violence will not happen again.

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