By Asha Mwana Hamisi
The International Criminal Court (ICC) will Tuesday evening issue a landmark ruling that will determine the fate of the case against Deputy President William Ruto and his co-accused former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang.
The ICC judges will either reject or accept the no case-to-answer motion filed by the defence teams of Ruto and Sang seeking to terminate their case at the prosecutor’s level.
The Trial Chamber verdict on the motion will be communicated directly to Ruto and Sang and will also be posted on the ICC website.
If the judges rule in favor of Ruto and Sang, it might mark the end of the Kenyan case at the ICC but if no case to answer motion is rejected, the case will proceed.
Ruto and Sang have denied three charges of crimes against humanity – namely murder, forcible deportation and persecution – arising from the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence.
Prosecutors say more than 1,200 people died and some 600,000 were left homeless in the country’s worst violence since independence.
The case is being keenly followed in Kenya by the Post-Election Violence victims, family and supporters of the two accused as well as the political class.