Blow for Bensouda in Ruto ICC case
22 July 2015, 08:05
Nairobi - ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has received a blow in her efforts to prove her case against Deputy President William Ruto after judges refused to admit a document in her plea.
The judges refused to admit into evidence a document which she claimed demonstrated Ruto's criminal culpability.
This was contained in a letter dated Monday 20 July,2015.
The document, Bensouda insisted, showed that the post election violence of 2008 was planned by “an organised network” of which Ruto was
They Judges however declined to admit the document into evidence because its origins could not be authenticated and it would
therefore be prejudicial to the Deputy President.
" The prosecution submits that the item is relevant to the charges, and particularly to the criminal responsibility of Mr Ruto and the organised character of the network," the judges said in the letter.
" There is no information as to the provenance of the information set
down in the report by the author of the report, namely whether the
[REDACTED] was able to corroborate the evidence provided by these
anonymous sources of information," it added.
Ruto’s defence had also opposed admission of the document into evidence for the very same reasons.
The judges however admitted 5 other documents into Bensouda's list of evidence as she tries hard to build the case further.
Her and Ruto's fate though will hinge on a decision by the judges in August to either admits recanted evidence by six rogue witnesses or not.
Bensouda has said that unless the evidence is included, her case will suffer badly.
They will also rule on whether Ruto is allowed to seek dismissal of the case, over lack of evidence.
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