Jubilee cannot save Ruto, says ICC
17 October 2015, 09:17
Nairobi - The International Criminal Court ICC has ordered Jubilee Coalition MPs to stay off the case pitting Deputy President William Ruto as their actions would not affect the ruling in the case.
Trial judges led by Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji stated Friday that efforts by politicians to sway the direction of the case were futile and a waste of time.
He said that the court was keenly watching the on-goings of the case and the reactions of the people in Kenya and that there was a lot of attention on the matter.
"There has been unending stream of clamour in the Kenyan media about the proceedings in this case. This is an odd conduct that has been observed even before the commencement of evidential hearing in the case indicating divided sentiments on either side of the case,” he said.
“Some elements on either side of this divided sentiments have not always shown restraint in their commentary. Abusing commentaries have been directed at the court and judges when judicial decisions have been issued,” he added.
The judge was adamant that there was need to have the trial proceed without any further delay and stories.
"This of course is an astonishing behaviour to observe in the context of an active criminal trial but we are not impressed, not in the least,"he stated.
Ruto has been in the last couple of weeks given special dispensation to handle the case, of which the Jubilee Coalition feels he is innocent.
The judges though, feel it is a waste of time trying to kill the case in the public eye and that any efforts were futile.
" Any attempts will be futile and a waste of time,"he added.
politicians have in recent times worked hard to try paint the case against Ruto as unfair and point out several misgivings about it.
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