ICC has declared Ruto’s case terminated. The Deputy President William Ruto’s case against humanity was disposed today by judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the prosecution side could not present substantial evidence.
Mr Ruto pleaded not guilty to the murder, deportation and persecution charges during violence that followed the 2007 elections in which about 1,200 people were murdered.
Deputy President Ruto is among the high-ranking politicians to be arraigned in court by ICC.
During the hearing, the Deputy president’s mother was reached by the media and she revealed she has been using her praying tongues to pull out her son from the case.
In the interview, his mother said that every time her son travels to the ICC she ties her stomach with the traditional Kalenjin leather belt known as leketiet.
“Right now, my leketiet is intact, I am involved in prayer and fasting because I am a believer and as a mother, I want the best for my son. Each time my son goes to The Hague for his case, I have to put on the belt and go down on my knees in prayer and fast because we all know he did not commit such crimes.”
She noted that the leketiet is worn by women “so that they can derive strength during trying moments”.
His mother insists that her son has done nothing wrong and fortunately for her, International Criminal Court has terminated the crimes against humanity case against him.
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The court decided by majority to throw out the case, but noted that the decision would not stop a further prosecution in future as it can be appealed.
Following the announcement, people could be heard cheering in William Ruto’s home area of Eldoret as well some parts of Nairobi.
The judgement reads:
“The charges against the accused are vacated and the accused discharged without prejudice to their prosecution afresh in future.
This still means that Mr Ruto is free to go.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta joined in the joyful cheering over the turn-out of the case, and he could not help but tweet it.
His tweet reads:
“I am delighted by the International Criminal Court’s decision to terminate the cases of Deputy President William Ruto and broadcaster Joshua arap Sang.
In a statement he adds:
“This moment is long overdue but no less joyful. I join my brothers in celebrating their moment of justice.”
He also castigates the ICC process which he says pursued an “ill-conceived, defective agenda at the expense of accountability for the post-election violence”.
He says that the quest for justice continues:
“We will continue the work of healing the nation, uniting the people, reconciling communities and ensuring that justice for the victims is achieved.
We will do everything to make it up for Kenyans where this international institution has failed them.”
But this decision to end the case against the deputy president by International Criminal Court decision was more a defeat for the prosecution than a victory for William Ruto.
His defence team hadn’t even started presenting their arguments in court, all they had to do was highlight the weakness of the prosecution’s case – and they’ve essentially won.
The ruling was because there was no substantial evidence to make them waste any more time on the case even though they decided a judgement of acquittal was not the right outcome.
This decision leaves the way open for a possible future prosecution – if the prosecutor can find sufficient evidence.
The prosecution can appeal against the termination of the trial.
In case you missed how the case began, here is little you should know.
In December 2007 when the incumbent Mwai Kibaki from the Kikuyu tribe and Raila Odinga from the Luo ethnic group contested a presidential election, the result caused violence. The election which was widely supported by the Kalenjin tribe who dominate the Rift Valley saw Mr. Kibaki declared the winner.
However, the now opposition leader fought back fiercely, claiming the result was influenced. Each of the rival supporters started war against themselves killing thousands and displacing a thousand others.
After negotiations to form a national unity government and a failure to set up a process in Kenya to try alleged perpetrators, cases went to the International Criminal Court.
The judgement has caused quite a stir among Kenyans. Some think the judgement was well deserved while some think otherwise. Different sentimental tweets have been flooding the internet and we will keep you posted with some.