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ICC has thrown out case against Kenya’s Ruto

By on April 5, 2016

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has thrown out the case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.The court ruled there was insufficient evidence, but it refused to acquit him.

ICC judges declared that there was no case for Ruto and his co-accused, broadcaster Joshua Sang, to answer.

The two were accused of fomenting murderous inter-ethnic violence in Kenya after the 2007 elections in the country, leading to some 1,200 deaths. A similar case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta collapsed last year.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the ruling, saying the trial had been a “nightmare” for the nation.
In 2014, the prosecutor dropped similar charges against Mr Kenyatta, alleging that witnesses had been intimidated to make them change their testimony.
A lawyer for the victims, Nelly Warega, said the ruling was a “huge disappointment” and they would consider appealing against it.
In February judges at the ICC barred the use of recanted testimony, meaning that prior recorded witness statements could not be used by prosecutors.
Several key witnesses in the case have changed their statements, which prosecutors said was due to intimidation and bribery.

Set up in 2002, the ICC has struggled to enforce its will in countries that are reluctant to cooperate with it. Powerful indictees like Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and guerrilla leader Joseph Kony remain at large.

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