–Ruto and Sang Lawyers have filed a no case to answer motion as they claim so far prosecution evidence does not meet the threshold for crimes charged
-ICC has ordered William Ruto and Joshua Sang to be physically present at the Hague on April, 15, 2016
– The court is set to deliver a crucial ruling on the ‘no case to answer’ motion which will determine the direction of the case
– Ruto and Sang’s lawyers in January poked holes in the evidence against them before the court claiming the evidence is too weak and insufficient to sustain full trial
William Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang have less than three weeks to know the fate of their crimes against humanity case at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
ICC is set to make a ruling on the ‘no case to answer’ motion filed by the duo earlier in January who claimed that the prosecution had weak and insufficient evidence to proceed with the case.
The April,15 , 2016 ruling will determine whether the charges against the two will proceed to full trial or dropped all together.
As a consequence, ICC’s Trial Chamber V (A) has ordered both Ruto and Sang to be physically present during the much anticipated verdict.
During the hearing of the ‘no case to answer’ motion, the prosecution pinned Ruto and Sang’s lawyers to the wall by rubbishing the ‘weak and insufficient evidence’ classification.
Prosecution lawyers insisted that the most important thing is the existence of evidence to proceed to full trial.
Ruto’s lawyer Karim Khan however blasted the prosecution for insisting on quantity of evidence rather than quality which, according to him, is obviously lacking.
Ruto was accused alongside Uhuru Kenyatta, Henry Kosgey, Hussein Ali, Francis Muthaura and Joshua Arap Sang.
While the others had their charges dropped for lack of sufficient evidence, Ruto and Sang have to wait for the verdict of the ‘no case to answer’ motion to know if they will be acquitted.