Bensouda accused of delaying Ruto, Sang trial
26 November 2013, 13:35
Bomet - The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has been accused of delaying Deputy President William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang’s trial at The Hague.
According to Bomet East MP Bernard Bett, and his Bureti counterpart Leonard Sang, Bensouda had subjected Kenyan leaders to humiliation by failing to provide prosecution witnesses on time, The Standard reports.
The ICC adjourned Ruto's trial until January 13 saying that the witnesses that the defence was ready to examine were not available, and as regards the witnesses that the prosecution had contacted and were ready to testify, the defence was not ready to cross-examine them.
The cases have been dogged with problems and delays, including witness withdrawal and Kenya's campaign to have the cases put on hold.
Arguments include allegations that the court is targeting Africans and that Kenya's leaders need to be available to tackle Al-Qaeda-linked militants who have turned neighbouring Somalia into a major global jihadist hub.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial is to begin on February 5.
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