By: FELIX OLICK and OLIVER MATHENGE
ICC trial judges last evening allowed admission of recanted witness statements as evidence against Deputy President William Ruto.
The judges also allowed statements of missing witnesses. This is a major blow for the Ruto’s defence, which has fought the admission of the statements. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said the statements provide major evidence in the planning of the 2007-08 post-election violence.
The DP is charged with crimes against humanity in relation to the PEV. Bensouda will now give her closing submissions after which Ruto and his coaccused journalist Joshua Sang will file motions of no case to answer. Meanwhile, trial judges at the ICC will be forced to reopen fresh hearings on whether Kenya should be sanctioned for noncooperation in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Appeals Chamber, in a unanimous ruling yesterday, reversed the lower court’s decision due to “errors in the Trial Chamber’s assessment”.
The decision came amid renewed push by victims for fresh investigations against the President and his co-accused former Secretary to Cabinet Francis Muthaura and former Commissioner of Police Hussein Ali. Kenyatta and the prosecution are yet to respond to the application.