Ruto, Sang motion begins at ICC

By Mary Daraja

The International Criminal Court trial Chamber begun hearing the no case to answer motion Tuesday entered by the defense teams of Deputy President William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang.

The hearing will conclude on Thursday and a status conference held on Friday. The deputy president and his co-accused are in The Hague to attend the court sessions.

The hearing of the motion was initially scheduled for November last year but was pushed to this week at the request of the deputy president to remain in the country during the visit by Pope Francis to Kenya on November 24.

The trial chamber judges will after the oral hearings, retire to decide whether or not Ruto has a case or no-case-to answer.

Besides the no-case to answer hearings, the ICC appeals chamber Judges are expected to deliver its judgment on the appeal against use of recanted evidence in the Kenyan case.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has all along maintained that Ruto and Sang were perpetrators of chaos that rocked parts of the Rift Valley during the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

Sang is facing charges of co-perpetration of crimes against humanity in relation to his radio broadcasts during the post-election violence in Kenya.

They are also facing charges of committing rape, murder and forceful transfer of people.



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