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Boost for Ruto as African countries reject use of recanted evidence in ICC case

13 November 2015, 13:18 William Korir

Nairobi - African Justice leaders have rejected the use of recanted evidence in the ICC case facing Deputy President William Ruto.

The leaders stated their disapproval of the article 68 saying that is was pre-agreed that the use of the statements would not suffice in the current case.

The ICC trial chamber admitted 6 pieces of evidence which had either been stated as lies or those who handed them in refused to testify.

"We, the Ministers of Justice and the Attorneys General of the African Union Member States are convinced that the use by the ICC Prosecutor of witness recanted evidence under the amended Rule 68 of the Rome Statute is contrary to both the understanding reached by States Parties during the negotiations of the Rule at the 12th Assembly of States Parties in 2013 and to the principle of non-retroactivity in criminal law justice and constitutes a serious affront to the universally accepted right to fair trial,” the leaders said in a statement Friday.

The move will add pressure to the ICC to go back on their current position of using the evidence.

Ruto has already planned an appeal to the move, which he terms as unfair.

"Recalling the important role played by the African countries during the negotiations of the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and further recognizing that thirty four (34) African Union Member States are States Parties to the Rome Statute,” the statement further read.

Ruto is set to go the ICC in the coming weeks to attend an Assemblies of Parties State ASP meeting.

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