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Bensouda pushes for revival of Ruto’s ICC case

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is pushing for the revival of cases filed against Deputy President William Ruto and radio host Joshua arap Sang’. The prosecutor said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is open to receiving new information about the cases.

DP Ruto and Joshua Sang’ were two of the six people facing charges for crimes against humanity. They allegedly bear the greatest responsibility for the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

Cases vacated

The International Criminal Court (ICC) vacated the cases against Ruto and Sang’ in 2006. This is after the prosecution applied for their acquittal citing lack of evidence.

While vacating the cases, ICC noted that political interference was the main reason for vacating the charges. The court noted that the cases were declared a mistrial because there was political meddling and a troubling incidence of witness interference.

The court also noted that vacating the cases did not mean that the ICC could not prosecute the case at a later date.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has since clarified that it has no intention of reopening the post-election violence cases.

Speaking to a local newspaper, Bensouda said that ICC vacating the cases did not mean that it had terminated them. Additionally, she said that she was ready to receive new information from individuals or the government of Kenya.

“As you are aware, on April 5, 2016, Trial Chamber V (A) vacated the charges against William Samuel Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang, without prejudice to the Prosecution bringing a new case in the future, or in a different form, in light of new evidence,” Bensouda said.

Legal experts have said that if there are fresh investigations, new issues may come to light. Therefore, the ICC may revive the cases against Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua Sang’.

President Uhuru Kenyatta recently said that he would not support any decision to reopen the cases.

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