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Boost for Ruto as African Union backs ICC appeal

08 October 2015, 13:50 William Korir

Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto has received a boost in his plight to stop the use of recanted evidence in his International Criminal Court ICC trial after the African Union AU also sought to appeal the decision.

The AU said in a statement Thursday that it was looking to be enjoined in the appeal by Ruto to have the earlier ruling to use recanted evidence revoked.

The AU stated that it felt it had a right to the appeal as a friend of the court and to offer its stance which is that the use of the evidence is unfair and goes back on earlier agreements between the court and the African States.

" The AU respectfully requests that this honourable chamber grant it leave, pursuant to Rule 103(1) of the RPE, to file written observations as formulated by the Majority Trial Chamber decision specifically whether the amended Rule 68 of the Rules can be applied in this case without offending Articles 24(2) and 51(4) of the Statute," Charles Jalloh wrote to the ICC on behalf of the African Union Commision.

" The AU therefore, has an interest and may be particularly well placed to provide observations that could assist in the Chamber’s determination of what the Presiding Judge of this appeal has conceded is a ‘novel and complex’ matter,” Jalloh added.

The matter has already been appealed by Ruto's team and on a side not, Attorney General Githu Muigai has also sought to be included in the case also as a friend of the court.

Bensouda was allowed by the trial chamber to use 6 statements from witnesses who had either stated that it was false, or refused to testify.

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