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Ruto Returns To The Hague

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page http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/after-the-deadline/config-options.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Ruto and broadcaster Joshua Arap Sang are accused of crimes against humanity (murder, about it http://ckls.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-edit-media-v1-2-endpoint.php deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) allegedly committed in Kenya in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

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website like this geneva;”>The duo’s trial opened in the presence of the accused before Trial Chamber V(a) at The Hague based court before judges Chile Eboe-Osuji (presiding), Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr.

The trial’s opening started with the reading of the charges against the duo. Upon receiving confirmation from each leading Defence Counsel, Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji was satisfied that the accused understood the nature of the charges.

?William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang at the opening of their trial before Trial Chamber V(a) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. © ICC-CPI

NOT GUILTY

Both accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Court’s Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and trial lawyer Anton Steynberg took the floor for opening statements, followed by the Legal Representatives of Victims Wilfred Nderitu, and by Mr Ruto’s Defence Counsel Karim Khan.

The hearings resumed a day later with the opening statement of Mr Sang’s Defence Counsel Joseph Kipchumba Kigen-Katwa and will continue on Tuesday, September 17 until 4 October and subsequently from 14 October to 1 November 2013.

The hearings in this trial have been scheduled not to overlap with those in the second trial related to Uhuru Kenyatta which is to open on 12 November 2013.

Instead, the two trials will be scheduled to alternate in periods of four weeks minimum. Detailed hearing schedules in the cases will be issued by ICC judges in due course.

The trial in the Ruto and Sang case is expected to take several months. During the first part, the Office of the Prosecutor will be presenting the evidence at the Prosecution’s disposal, submitting to the attention of the judges a large number of documents which it has compiled in the case, as well as video footage.

The Prosecution will also call witnesses to testify. When the Prosecution has finished examining each witness, the Defence Counsel is given the opportunity to cross-examine the witness.

Once the Prosecution has presented all its evidence, which will take a few months, it is the turn of the accused, with the assistance of their Counsel, to present their defence. The Defence will call a number of witnesses to support their case. These will be examined by the Defence and cross-examined by the Prosecution.

628 persons are participating as victims in the case and are represented by their Legal Representative, Wilfred Nderitu, who will present their views and concerns in the Courtroom.

Ruto boarding the Kenya Airways to The Hague

The ICC said the judges will ensure that the trial is fair and expeditious and is conducted with full respect for the rights of the defence, the equality of arms and the principle of adversarial debate, having further due regard for the protection of victims and witnesses.

“At the end of the hearings, the judges of Trial Chamber V(a) will give their decision within a reasonable period of time. This decision will be pronounced in public: it will either acquit or condemn each of the accused. The various parties to the trial will, if need be, be able to appeal the decision before the ICC’s Appeals Chamber,” said the ICC.

Kenya last week cancelled its membership with the ICC.

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