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Ruto ICC trial postponed to June

16 May 2014, 13:42

Nairobi - The case facing Deputy President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court ICC has been postponed till June following a lack of witnesses.

Via communication from the trial chamber, the case has been postponed to June 16 to allow the prosecution present its final four witnesses.

The Office of the Prosecutor had Thursday made an application to withdraw a witness from testifying in the case, a move that forced the request from head of prosecution Fatou Bensouda.

According to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), the witness, who was scheduled to testify on Friday, could not clearly recall what the Prosecution intended to use against Ruto and his co-accused Joshua Sang, during the witness preparation session.

The trial judges have now ordered Bensouda to produce the remaining witnesses in the next session.

Ruto’s defence team had opposed the application saying they should be given a video recording that was taken during the exercise that was conducted on Wednesday.

Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor at the ICC further admitted that she was facing hurdles related to witnesses in the case.

Bensouda who was speaking on the status of Ruto’s case at a news conference at the United Nations headquarters, said witnesses do not want to come forward or change their minds at the last minute.

She also revealed that she will soon be meeting with Attorney General Githu Muigai as her office tries to access President Uhuru Kenyatta’s financial records before the start of his trial in October.

Some witnesses have already pulled out of Uhuru's case claiming they had been intimidated, with some saying that they had been coached to give false evidence.

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