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African countries write to ICC over Ruto, Sang case

13 September 2013, 09:48

Nairobi - Five East African countries have written to the International Criminal Court (ICC) demanding that Deputy President William Ruto’s case on crime against humanity be dropped.

According to ICC spokesman, Fadi El Abdallah, the countries that wrote to the international court comprise Burundi, Eritrea, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda demanded that Ruto should be exempted from attending all trial at The Hague.

"The court has so far received requests from five African countries asking for leave to submit amicus curiae filings…the filings, if authorized, will present their views on the correct interpretation of the Rome Statute article 63,” Abdallah said.

Ruto and his co-accused journalist Joshua Sang are being accused of fanning violence during the 2007/8 post election violence that left 1 133 people dead while more than 650 000 others were displaced.

However, the duo denied involvement in the allegations raised by ICC.

Trial for Ruto and Sang commenced on Tuesday before adjourning citing lack of preparedness by witnesses while at the same time the prosecutions needed more time.

Ruto arrived back home on Thursday.

- CAJ News

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