Ruto returns from the Hague as pressure mounts on Bensouda
24 January 2014, 13:21
Nairobi - Deputy president William Ruto returned in the country from the Hague as pressure mounted on ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda over the validity of witnesses.
Ruto arrived early Friday morning from the ongoing trial seemingly content with the progress of his case, which has hit several potholes in recent weeks.
" I am happy to be back home, he said.
Ruto then held a brief meeting with the on-transit Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete at the airport's Presidential lounge.
He has been granted leave from some days of the trial after the ICC judges agreed to a reprieve for the DP from daily proceedings.
The trial against Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Sang is currently at its ninth witness, but Ruto will miss most of the proceedings following the waiver.
The pattern has been well and truly set as far as the trial is concerned, with the prosecution insisting that the defence is trying to intimidate witnesses and the defence stating that the witnesses have been coached.
But with president Uhuru Kenyatta's case on the verge of collapse after the trial judges adjourned the case indefinitely, there will be hope in the Ruto camp that his charges will fade away just like the president's.
The Ruto- Sang trial continues next week with the ninth witness on the stand.
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