What is the status of Ruto's ICC case?
22 January 2016, 18:08
Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto is back in the country following his trip to the Hague to face up to his ICC charges. Did the trip bear any fruit?
Ruto was back in the country in a somewhat subdued manner Friday as he and President Uhuru Kenyatta attended a visit to the Forces Memorial Hospital to visit injured Kenya defence Forces soldiers.
His trip to the Hague was somewhat quiet in recent days, with other major news stories leading the way as compared to his trial but according to experts.
So what is going on in his case? Is he any closer to being acquitted?
The last couple of days have seen his team try hard to argue out why they feel that the prosecution at the ICC has no case against him, making submissions to poke holes into the prosecution's case.
Their no case to answer motion however, has left them in a precarious position.
Ruto's and journalist Joshua Sang's teams have been placed at a tight corner over whether they wish to call their defence witnesses to the stand or argue out their case without, which has brought forward a tricky situation.
Presiding judge Chile Eboe- Osuji had this to say over the matter.
" Barring a fishing expedition aimed at merely ascertaining what the judges think of the prosecution case at half time, a well-founded motion of no case to answer when made by experienced counsel in good faith for its own purposes may have even a stronger value as submissions for acquittal in any event," the judge noted. "We are not requesting the defence to elect to stand on their no case to answer submissions as a pre-condition for the court to consider their submissions. We are only inquiring of them if it is an election they may consider because it has an effect on the proceedings going forward," he said.
That has left Ruto facing more time at the Hague, with experts saying that the safest bet for him is to bring forward his own witnesses to avoid pulling himself short.
So on his return, has anything changed for the DP.
" Nothing sadly. The case is still in a precarious stage and the DP will be back at the Hague for longer, I believe to be able to try get himself out of the case," International Jurist Michael Gichiga told News24.
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