I am delighted by DP Ruto's acquittal by ICC, says Uhuru Kenyatta
06 April 2016, 08:11
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta who is on tour in France has congratulated his Deputy William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang on their acquittal by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
ICC Judges Chile Eboe-Osuji, Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr Tuesday gave a key ruling that set the duo scot-free, bringing to an end a tormenting case for the two individuals that has lasted for over six years.
The judges ruled that Ruto and Sang have no case to answer in relation to the 2007-2008 post-election violence, in what is arguably the most significant pronouncement since the trial chamber confirmed charges against post-election violence (PEV) suspects.
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President Kenyatta said he is happy by the decision to let Ruto and his co-accused scot-free. The head of state himself was set free by the same court in December 2014, after it withdrew charges of crimes against humanity against him.
“I am delighted that the Deputy President and Joshua Sang’s innocence has been vindicated by a decision of no-case-to answer at the ICC. This moment is long overdue but no less joyful,” said President Kenyatta in a press statement.
President Kenyatta noted that the victory is partial and the quest for justice incomplete, because the International Criminal court elected to blindly pursue ill-conceived, defective agenda at the expense of accountability for PEV.
“We will continue the work of healing the nation, uniting the people, reconciling communities and ensuring that justice for the victims is achieved.
Kenyatta added: “It is quite unfortunate that the ICC has given Kenyans false hope, and as a result, occasioned much disappointment. We will do everything to make it up for Kenyans where this international institution has failed them.
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