4 January 2016

Kenya: Ruto, Sang Case Resumes Jan 14 in the Hague

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Deputy President William Ruto speaks to leaders at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on January 11, 2016 before he left the country for the Hague, Netherlands.

Nairobi — The case against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang will resume on January 14 and 15 at the International Criminal Court (ICC) where their presence will be mandatory.

The court will hear oral submissions from the defence, prosecution and victims' lawyer in the case against Ruto and Sang regarding the duo's applications of a motion of no-case-to-answer.

The date of the hearing was vacated from November 24 and 25 last year after Ruto asked the court to excuse him so that he could be present in Kenya during Pope Francis' three days visit to the country.

Ruto and Sang will be expected to be present in court during the two days.

In their applications they have asked the judges to end their case in which they argue that based on the prosecutor's evidence, they have no case to answer.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda closed her case against Ruto and Sang on September 4, opening the stage for the defence to argue their part.

If the judges accept the application of the motion of no-case-to-answer wholly, then the defence will have no case to answer which will mark the end of the case.

The motion of no case-to-answer is submitted for every charge the accused persons are facing. Both Ruto and Sang are facing three charges of murder, forcible transfer of populations and persecution.

But if the judges reject the motion fully or partially, it will mean that the accused persons have a case to answer and therefore they will have to counter the prosecutor's evidence.

It is at that stage that the defence will present their evidence including calling witnesses to testify.

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