Will Ruto end ICC curse?
04 April 2016, 21:07
Nairobi - Tuesday 5 April 2016, Deputy President William Ruto learns whether his ICC trial is over... Or not.
The DP and co accused Joshua Sang will learn whether their no case to answer motion placed before the trial chamber will be considered as sensible.
The trial judges will make a decision and issue it in writing.
Whether Ruto and co will come out tops has been an issue of concern in his backyard in the Rift Valley and within Jubilee Coalition ranks.
Ruto and Sang are accused of crimes against humanity murder, deportation or forceful transfer of populations and persecution, allegedly committed during the 2008 post-election violence.
The DP has been excused from attending Monday's ruling at the Hague-based court since he is holding the fort for President Uhuru Kenyatta who is in Paris at the start of a two-nation European tour. He arrived in Paris yesterday and will also head to Germany this week.
Ruto and his team are optimistic the case against him and Sang will be withdrawn.
“I have no doubt whatsoever in my mind that this issue will soon be behind us. Just continue praying for us,” he told supporters over the weekend.
According to experts, it is likely the case will continue, because the ICC had chosen to communicate the ruling in writing, which is out of character for such a big announcement.
" It is a big announcement. That it will be delivered in writing is unusual. The likelyhood is that the case will continue," international lawyer James Ndege told News24.
Ruto's team believes that the Prosecution has no evidence to continue with the trial and have placed their reasons why on the table.
Whether it is enough remains to be seen.
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