William Ruto can skip next weekâ€™s crucial ICC court session, says lawyer
SEE ALSO :DP Ruto campaigns for Mariga in KibraThe DP and the former radio journalist are faced with two possibilities – acquittal or full trial. The effect of a successful no-case-to-answer motion is either the acquittal of the accused on all or some of the charges. On the contrary, if the motion does not go the DP’s way, even on partial judgment of acquittal, it would mean judges are satisfied he has a case to answer, giving way to the next stage of trial for the defence to argue its case. Ruto’s lead lawyer Karim Khan raised five grounds faulting the prosecution’s approach to the case; ranging from investigations that he argued were not properly carried out, to alleged use of unreliable witnesses, who he contends did not place Ruto anywhere near where the crimes were committed. The defence argued the prosecution had failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove existence of a criminal network that is central to the charges of murder, forcible transfer of population and persecution against Ruto. The Office of the Prosecutor built its case around claims that Ruto was the head of a multi-faceted network with a common plan to expel supporters of the Party of National Unity (PNU) from the Rift Valley region and gain power by creating a uniform Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) voting bloc. Four other Kenyans who were implicated at the ICC were released on grounds of lack of sufficient evidence to sustain the prosecution charges against them. The ICC first set free former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura, former Police Boss Hussein Ali, former Cabinet Minister Henry Kosgei and finally President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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