Bensouda has no facts, is on a witchunt Ruto says
21 August 2015, 18:48
Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto says that International Criminal Court ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is on a witchunt against him and that she has no evidence to prove her case.
Ruto, reacting through lawyer Karim Khan over the move by the ICC to allow recanted evidence from witnesses be used in the case, said he was disappointed over the ruling but would continue to fight to have his name cleared.
The court ruled that Bensouda could use evidence from 6 witnesses who had either lied in their evidence or had stated that they did not want to testify.
Khan said that despite the move by the judges, the case would still end up being a hard one to prove for Bensouda and her team.
" I remain confident that the Trial Chamber will be more than able to assess the veracity or otherwise of the case against Ruto at the appropriate time," Khan said in a statement on Friday.
" Any such allegations remain vigorously contested by the Defence and we continue to assert that they are absolutely false," he added.
Khan said that Ruto will still fight to have the case thrown out for lack of evidence.
" Whether we seek leave to appeal or not will be revealed to the Trial Chamber before any other party," he added.
Ruto is seeking to have charges of Crimes against humanity thrown out by the court, stating that he played no major role in the 2008 Post Election Violence where over 1,000 people were killed.
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