Ruto accuses Bensouda of lying to ICC judges
05 August 2015, 16:38
Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto has accused ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of lying to the court over the circumstances of witness withdrawal in his ongoing case.
Through his lawyer Karim Khan, Ruto has told the court that Bensouda lied about the circumstances the witness apparently withdrew from the case from, stating that the witness had incriminating evidence against Bensouda's team.
" The witness was to testify on rallies and private meetings that were allegedly attended by Mr Ruto and had details of efforts by prosecution witnesses and third
parties to fabricate evidence in order to falsely implicate Ruto in the
charges”, he said in a submission Monday.
Khan insists that the judges probe the witness who is unnamed and ask why Bensouda claimed that the witness withdrew for personal reasons.
He insists that there is a possibility the witness could have helped the defense in its case.
" Whether the witness was going to provide an account which is favourable
to the prosecution is an entirely separate issue and does not justify
the prosecution’s silence on such matters,” the lawyer states in the
document submitted on August 3.
Ruto is currently awaiting a decision by the judges on whether they will allow Bensouda to include in her case, evidence that was withdrawn by witnesses that recounted their evidence.
That decision will be made this month and if positive for Ruto's camp, will lay the basis for an appeal to have the case against him withdrawn entirely.
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