ICC to determine whether Kenyan deputy president has case to answer

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) will today make a key ruling to determine whether Kenyan deputy president William Ruto has a case to answer in relation to the country’s 2007-2008 post-election violence that killed at least 1,200 people and left thousands displaced.

Ruto has denied the murder, deportation and persecution charges levelled against him. His lawyers want the case to be terminated due to lack of evidence.

The Kenyan deputy president is accused alongside journalist Joshua Sang, who is accused of using his radio show to incite violence and organize attacks in the disputed election aftermath.

The cases against the two Kenyans have been rocked by repeated setbacks.

In February judges at the ICC barred the use of recanted testimony, meaning that prior recorded witness statements could not be used by prosecutors.

Several key witnesses in the case have changed their statements, which prosecutors said was due to intimidation and bribery.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was also among the accused, but had the charges against him dropped.

Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta were on opposing sides in the country’s 2007 elections, but went on to form an alliance that won the 2013 elections.

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