Ruto’s ICC Case May Take Longer Than Thought

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Ruto ICCThe case against Deputy President William Ruto has taken a new twist after a ruling made by judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday.

The landmark judgement allowed the Hague-based court to use evidence from witnesses who refused to testify or retracted their evidence.

This decision has prompted the Deputy President and other senior members of the Jubilee Government, to sit in a series of meetings, seeking a solution in what lawyers already indicate that the case would now take longer than thought.

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Some government officials now claim that ICC fooled Kenya to support the ruling that made amendments which would see prior recorded evidence used in ongoing cases at the court.

Ruto’s defense had earlier argued that Kenya was assured the amendment rule would not apply on the DP’s case.

The prosecution on the other side said that they were not aware of such undertaking.

Last week on Wednesday after the ruling was made, Ruto’s political allies came out to criticise the move with some claiming its aimed at weakening the government.

“Having thrown out the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta, the strengthening of the case against Mr Ruto, through a favourable ruling for the prosecution side, is seen as a calculated move to weaken the coalition,” remarked Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi.

Reports say that the Deputy President has been engaging his advisers to create a strategy that would in turn come up with legal and political plan to get him off the hook.

Ruto is facing charges of crimes against humanity which he allegedly committed after the disputed general election in 2007, that was followed by violence which left more than 1500 people dead.

-kenyans.co.ke

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