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Ruto and Sang trial dates extended

29 October 2013, 20:01

The Hague - The woes of embattled Deputy President and former Radio Journalist Joshua Arap Sang are far from over as the International criminal court (ICC) moved to increase the number of prosecution witnesses in their trial sessions.

According to The Standard, the trial bench, led by Nigerian Judge Chile Eboe- Osuji, will llow a seventh prosecution witness to take the stand and testify in the hearing of the two Kenyans who have been charged for crimes against humanity for their roles in the post election violence of 2007/2008.

The Tuesday decision, means that the trial shall continue till November 8, 7 days later than scheduled despite the bench's earlier ruling that the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will only have seven months within which to present her case against the two.

Meanwhile, the same court had recently ruled in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is also scheduled to appear against the same court, facing similar charges, will be excused from attending all trial sessions so he can be able to attend to State duties.


Many political analysts are reading mischief in the conflicting decisions, as Uhuru's case begins next month on November 12.

This comes in the wake of the Coalition for Reform and Democracy's unanimous decision to support the deferral of the ICC cases against the President and his Deputy. So it is now a game of wait and see as dates loom and clock ticks.

- For more visit The Standard


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