Kenyan Deputy president Hon. William Ruto(Photo credit: supplied)
Dec 05, 2020() —
Issuing a new statement on the Kenyan Presidential aspirant, Deputy President William Ruto, the International Criminal Court (ICC) reminds Kenyans, who will be heading to the polls again in 2022, that the case of DP Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang can be reopened for trial any time should new evidence emerges.
According to the ICC Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, the case of Ruto and Arap Sang, who were charged following the chaos of 2007/8 elections and vacated in 2016, there were massive political doctoring of the evidence and intimidation of witnesses; however, the case can be reopen any time the court deems necessary.
“As a general matter, in accordance with Art. 15 of the Rome Statute – the founding treaty of the ICC – any individual or group from anywhere in the world may send information on alleged crimes to the ICC Prosecutor, who is duty-bound to protect the confidentiality of the information received. The office analyses any such materials submitted, as appropriate, in accordance with the Rome Statute and with full independence and impartiality,” the prosecutor said.
Bensouda’s email might have came in just in time the DP was to intensify his political campaigns to frustrate the BBI and also to boost his platform for 2022 elections; however, Ruto has ran into a few challenges that led to death of at least two people in Murang’a recently and whether or not this will deter him remains to be seen.
The Deputy President has complained recently against unnamed politicians whom he accused of trying to revive the ICC case to frustrate his bid for the highest office in 2022 elections.
A Kenyan lawyer, Paul Gicheru, who was accused of bribing witnessing to tweak their evidence against DP Ruto and has been on the run from the police avoiding arrest surrendered him to the ICC last month.
Gicheru is currently in the Hague facing trials and whether he will plead guilty or not remains to be seen.
The Kenyan Director of Criminal Investigation(DCI) said last week that they will start re-investigating the post elections violence, something the ICC may also encourage!
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