FREE AT LAST: ICC drops cases against DP William Ruto and Joshua...

FREE AT LAST: ICC drops cases against DP William Ruto and Joshua Sang

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Kenyans have been waiting for the ruling on No Case To Answer motion with baited breath. The Deputy President William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang have been set free by the International Criminal Court finally at last.

Judges decided by a majority that DP Ruto and Mr Sang case be terminated, adding that the decision does not preclude future prosecution at the ICC or in a national jurisdiction.

“The charges are hereby vacated and the accused are discharged from the process without prejudice to their presumption of innocence or the prosecutor’s right re-prosecute the case at a later time,” Presiding Judge Eboe-Osuji said.

The two have been freed from charges of crimes against humanity arising from the 2007/2008 post-election violence that left some 1,113 people dead and more than 500,000 internally displaced.

Mr Ruto and Mr Sang’s legal teams filed the no-case-to-answer application last September, saying that ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had not built a case to have then put on their defence.

The application was heard in January, but the judges blocked the defence teams from presenting witnesses to support their arguments.

However, lawyer Karim Khan, for Mr Ruto, and Mr Katwa Kigen, for Mr Sang, argued that the case had collapsed after the prosecution failed to present adequate evidence.

Keep it Waza as more to follow.

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