Ruto confident ICC will rule in his favour Friday
09 February 2016, 19:19
Nairobi - The issue of recanted evidence in the case facing Deputy President William Ruto comes up on Friday. Will the DP survive? His team think so.
A ruling on application of Rule 68 which allows use of prior
recorded statements of five witnesses in the case against Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang will start Friday.
Ruto's team thinks that the law if applied in the right manner will and should see the recanted evidence not taken up.
And they are confident that in the wake of pressure by the African Union states, the ICC will drop its mission to use the evidence.
" The law if applied ion the right manner will see the application dropped and that is just the fact," Attorney General Githu Muigai says.
" The ICC agreed on a fair deal over the use of the evidence. It cannot and should not turn around and change the setting for their own benefit," he added.
On his part, Ruto's lawyer Karim Khan says that they are confident the law will be applied.
" The law will and should be applied. If that is the case then we are confident of a good ruling," he stated.
What happens though if the ICC goes on and uses recanted evidence?
African nations have already shown a desire to quit the court and if Ruto is not helped on Friday, then pressure to abscond might come in.
" That has been mooted as a possibility but a far fetched one. Kenya would not want to be placed on the same barometer as Sudan who are in a similar predicament as regards their president Omar El Bashir who absconded," International law expert Stephanie Murrey says.
Kenya cannot afford it and that is why so far they have played the situation safe," she adds.
All eyes will be on the ICC come Friday.
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