By Asha Mwana Khamisi
Deputy President William Ruto’s defense team led by lawyer Karim Khan took to the stand Thursday to make oral submissions on the no case to answer motion before the International Criminal Court (ICC) judges.
In his submission, Khan argued that the prosecution has not produced any evidence linking Ruto with alleged planned meetings, military component, or financial assistance to a criminal organization ahead of the 2007/2008 post election violence.
Khan maintained that his client is innocent and that the prosecution should not be engaging in a fishing expedition because they know the foundation of the case is weak.
Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji tasked Khan to explain why there was more violence in Eldoret and the whole of Rift Valley than in any other part of the country.
Khan explained that violence took place countrywide and that they were not planned.
Khan also challenged judges to assess credibility of witnesses in the case, arguing that key witnesses withdrew, and other witnesses confessed telling the court falsehoods.
The defense teams of Ruto and Sang concluded their oral submissions by putting up a spirited argument to convince the ICC judges beyond reasonable doubt that the prosecutor’s evidence is insufficient hence the case should end at that point.