Ruto team under pressure to bail him out of ICC
09 December 2014, 19:39
Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto's defence team is now under increasing pressure to bail him out of his current case at the ICC, following president Uhuru Kenyatta's release.
With president Kenyatta now a free man following his release by the prosecution last week, focus has swiftly turned to Ruto and his fate.
The president as well as other key government leaders have said that they will not rest until Ruto is cleared of charges leveled against him by the court in a bid to have Kenya rid of the ICC purge.
But with his case ongoing and the prosecution still having a case to put forward, his defence team led by Karim Khan will be under undue pressure to bail the deputy President out.
" They must be under pressure following the events of last week. Who would not if you were in his shoes," Nairobi Lawyer Kenneth Wariungi says.
" Khan will be keen not to fail. If I was in the same predicament, I would be under similar pressure. It is not a good feeling," he added.
Ruto's team has insisted that the evidence put forward against the DP is false and have taken that line in their attempt to have him freed.
Even Tuesday in court, Khan made attempts to rubbish claims by the prosecution that Ruto had incited Kalenjins against other tribes in the run-up to the 2007 general elections.
His co- accused Joshua Sang is also facing similar charges of incitement.
The case will likely have a bearing on Ruto's political bearing in future. If he is found guilty and convicted, he will likely not be able to have a solid political future.
On the other hand, if he is acquitted, he will have a clean run at the presidency, with many Jubilee coalition supporters stating that he will go for the top job in the 2022 elections after president Kenyatta's retirement.
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