Uganda, Namibia join Ruto ICC appeal
09 October 2015, 09:44
Nairobi - Uganda and Namibia have asked to be enjoined in an appeal by Deputy President William Ruto overt the use of recanted evidence in his ICC trial.
The two countries have already written to the trial chamber to be allowed to take their place in the trial and have stated their reasons why.
In a submission by the two countries' Attorney General's Fred Ruhindi of Uganda and Sekaus Shaghala of Namibia, say that they have queries over the use of recanted evidence in the trial by the prosecution.
The feel that the use of the evidence will certainly be unfair to Ruto.
They also state that there needs to be further interpretation of article 68 of the ICC statutes that gives directions on use of recanted evidence.
" The Government of The Republic of Namibia, pursuant to Rule 103(1), requests for leave to submit observations as amicus curiae in the appeal on the decision on prosecution request for admission of prior recorded testimony," Shaghala said.
Ruhindi also stated that he had a right to the application as a friend of the court.
" The decision under the appeal is the first application of the amended version of Rule 68 at the court. The interpretation of the amended Rule 68 rendered by the majority in the impugned decision raised important, novel and complex propositions," he added.
So far, Kenya's AG Githu Muigai has also sought to be included in the matter as is the African Union Commision, which says that there was an exception made to this case as regards recanted evidence when the agreement was signed.
Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang are facing crimes against humanity charges at the ICC.
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