Bensouda battles to charge Ruto, Sang
28 August 2013, 09:52
Nairobi - The International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her case against Deputy President William Ruto and former journalist Joshua Arap Sang will be weakened if she is not allowed to amend the charges brought against them.
In an application to appeal the decision to reject her planned amendments, Bensouda said it would not be fair if she is not allowed to include further incidents of rape, murder and deportation that allegedly took place between 30 December and 31 December 2007.
“Amputating a significant part of my case, the prosecution may be deprived from fully presenting our case in court as we may not be able to fully prosecute the accused for the crimes of murder, deportation or forcible transfer and persecution committed in the greater Eldoret area on 30 and 31 December 2007,” Bensouda said.
During confirmation of the hearing, the judge confirmed charges relating to the murder, rape and deportation of people in the greater Eldoret area between 1 January and 4 January 2008.
Aiming to include a further two dates prior to the existing charges, Bensouda said the rejection would unfairly weaken her case.
“The decision severely curtails the prosecution’s ability to establish the truth and affects the fairness of the proceedings. We may need to reassess the strategy of the case as well as presentation of evidence, including the order of witnesses,” she said.
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