Daggers Drawn As Ruto Faces ICC Today

buy geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The hearings will be held from 10 September to 4 October and from 14 October to 1 November 2013, in the presence of the accused.

A schedule for further hearings will be established in due course by Trial Chamber V, which is composed of Judges Chile Eboe-Osuji, Presiding, Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are accused of crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) allegedly committed in Kenya in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

Ruto left Kenya for Hague on Tuesday, just a few days after Kenya Parliament resolved to withdraw its membership to the international court.


Addressing a press conference at Hague on Monday afternoon, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda warned against intimidation of witnesses.

“Corruptly influencing witnesses, obstructing or interfering with the attendance or testimony, retaliating against witnesses, and interfering with the collection of evidence are all serious offences under the Rome Statute,” she warned.

She further said her court has the jurisdiction to “try anyone irrespective of his/her status,” in reference to Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta who are senior figures in Kenya.

Ruto arriving in Hague ahead of the ICC trial

“As the lawyer representing His Excellency William Ruto, on his instruction, we want all individuals to allow the prosecution and the defence to do its job. No one, whether for the prosecution or the defence, should feel at risk, feel intimidated or coerced if they tell the truth,” said.

ICC victims’ lawyer Khan Nderitu said any “mechanism that is not founded on justice is founded on quicksand.”

He added: “It is fashionable in Kenya to say we have moved on. I would like to see a genuine victim who says that. It is not newsworthy talking about victims. Not newsworthy talking about people left destitute.”

He further piled pressure on the prosecutor to bring forward the witnesses, saying “without victims, there would be no need for justice.”

Ruto being welcomed in Hague

Amnesty International on Monday night said Kenyan authorities must cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure justice is done for the victims of the 2007-8 post-election violence.

“The start of the ICC trial is an important opportunity to end impunity for the serious crimes committed in 2007/2008. Kenya must cooperate fully with the ICC and support its work to ensure a fair and effective process for the defendants, victims and witnesses, and for the Kenyan people,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa programme director.

“Six years after post-election violence rocked the country; it is high time to prioritize the pursuit of justice for the hundreds and thousands of people who lost their lives or homes.”

In 2009, the ICC Prosecutor stepped in to investigate crimes committed during the post-election violence, with Court alleging that Kenya had failed to show it was taking adequate measures to investigate and prosecute the crimes which killed more than 1,000 people and displaced 600,000.

Ruto, Sang and Uhuru have since promised to fully cooperate with the ICC.

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