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Nothing to hide, Nothing to fear: Deputy President William Ruto is in the Hague (ICC) today 14th May 2013 for a Status Conference

Posted by African Press International on May 14, 2013

  • By Korir, Oslo – Norway

This is a sign of nothing to hide, and no fear. A man of character – already Deputy President Ruto knows he has nothing to hide nd fear , thus he decided to travel to the Hague yesterday evening even if it was not a must for him to do so. His lawyers would represent him during this status conference whereby the court wants to fix the hearing dates after postponing the hearing that was scheduled to start on the 28th of this month of May 2013.

The fact that Deputy President Ruto decided to be present in person in the International Criminal Court is great sign that he will cooperate with the court until the end, and the fact that he is now Kenya’s deputy Head of State has not entered into his mind transforming him to ignore the court.

This is a man who says he is innocent, and has put his fate in the hands of his creator, the Almighty God. Mr Ruto Believes he will be exonerated in the end, and will come out of this tormenting period, a very strong man.

Deputy President William Ruto (left) and his wife Rachel Ruto (right) are received by Kenyan ambassador to Netherlands Makena Muchiri at the Schipol Airport May 13, 2013. Mr Ruto is in The Hague to attend ICC's status conference May 14, 2013. REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto (left) and wife Rachel Ruto (in red) being received by Kenyan ambassador to Netherlands Makena Muchiri at the Schipol Airport yesterday May 13, 2013. Mr Ruto is in The Hague to attend ICC’s status conference today May 14, 2013. Rebecca Nduku/NDUKU/DPPS  

Deputy President William Ruto has arrived in The Hague, Netherlands to be personally present at a status conference at the International Criminal Court. He left Kenya yesterday night accompanied by his wife, and Attorney General Professor Githu Muigai.

A few hours before leaving Kenya, Mr Ruto welcomed home President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 10.00pm when arrived back int the country from a four-day visit to South Africa. President Kenyatta was in South Africa attending the World Economic Forum on Africa themed “Delivering on Africa’s Promise”.

The status conference at the ICC will discuss Mr Ruto’s request to have his trial moved from May 28th to November. The conference will also discus ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request to add five witnesses to their list. The conference will also discus modalities – how Mr Ruto will attend the proceedings while at the same time running the country as Deputy Head of State. This is a consideration the court seems to agree to, because Mr Ruto is cooperating with the court and there is not warrant of arrest against him.

The former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang has requested the same as Mr Ruto. He wants his case postponed from 28th of this month to November.

The two men say they are ready to cooperate with the court until the end of the trial because they say they are innocent.

During the start of the Kenya cases at the ICC, brought by Moreno Ocampo, the former Chief prosecutor, there were six suspects, namely President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta who was then Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister, Former Head of the Civil Service Mr. Francis Muthaura, Former Commissioner of Police Ali, Deputy President William Samoei Arap Ruto (then MInister of Agriculture and Education), former Industrialization Minister Mr Henry Kosgey and the former Radio Presenter Mr Joshua Arap Sang.

The cases facing Ali, and Kosgey were thrown out at the confirmation of charges hearing. Mr Francis Muthaura’s case crumbled recently, even after charges against him had been confirmed by the Pre-trial chamber.

The cases are falling apart because witnesses that the prosecution rely on are now coming out of the closet saying that they were enticed to lie by being offered comfortable lifestyles in European capitals and other countries including the US, Canada and Australia.

There are strong signs that the remaining cases – Mr Kenyatta’s, Mr Ruto’s and Mr. Sang’s will also see no convictions.

 

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Reports that ICC’s Bensouda wants to use Satellite images in President Kenyatta’s, and Deputy President Ruto’s case is abuse of the court process in the highest order

Posted by African Press International on April 15, 2013

It is fair to say the International Criminal Court does not have evidence against the recent democratically elected Kenya leaders, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. This writer was at the ICC during the Confirmation of charges hearing and heard and saw what was happening.  We have said all along that the cases against the Kenyans should not have been confirmed and it seems the prosecution‘s pride is what matters here and being used to destabilise Kenya.

It is not late for the prosecution to withdraw the cases and let President Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto, go about the business of running the country and Mr Sang to be in the comfort of his job as a Radio broadcaster.

When the court proceedings ended in 2011 during the confirmation of charges hearing, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the senior prosecutors in the Hague and she made it clear to me that the case against all the 6 Kenyans (before the 2 were acquitted) was a very weak one and further stated that if the courts proceeded with the cases, there was definitely going to be a hic-up one way or another in the months to come.

This has already happened. The two Kenyans, Mr Henry Koskey and former Police commissioner Ali were freed due to lack of evidence.

Recently, Mr Francis Muthaura‘s case fell due to witness number 4, a man who was promised comfort by those who induced him to give false evidence.

In the case of Kenyatta and Ruto, we see witnesses pulling out one by one. Those still on the prosecution’s list as witnesses will also pull out before the start or the end of the cases, because they are realising that their lies will be punished by God. Their continued stay as witnesses when they know only too well that they are lying and their lies may lock up innocent Kenyan leaders for many years, is tormenting their hearts and they should come out and admit their mistakes so that Kenya may move forward.

That is why we later published this story:  Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are being persecuted: Information to be made public in the next few months will clear them

It is sad that the case is still on due to prestigious behaviour of those handling it in the prosecution side.

The court should be able to see the facts, now that the prosecution intends to use satellite images which will not do any good to the cases because one will only see images of rowdy youth fighting one another, a move that does not place President Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto in bad light at all and the prosecution knows this, only that they want to use the images to influence the court against Kenyatta and Ruto.

Resorting to the use of images is an indication of lack of genuine witnesses and evidence that can tie the Kenyan leaders to the crime. The case should be dismissed as soon as possible.

It is sad that Kenyan lives were lost during that post-election violence. The government should take the responsibility and pay compensation to the victims as a gesture of good will in order to enable the people of Kenya to fully reconcile and close the chapter of pain once and for all and move on as one people. This is possible with the new constitution and the newly elected leadership in the Counties and Nationally.

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Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are being persecuted: Information to be made public in the next few months will clear them

Posted by African Press International on August 20, 2012

  • This story has been updated – see below on updated marked 29.4.2013:

The next few months will bring a twist to the whole trial in the Hague against Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr William Ruto, the two men supposed to stand trial for crimes against humanity.

Information expected to be released will expose the manipulations that took place engineered by Mr Ocampo in order to succeed to have them stand trial after the Confirmation of Charges Hearing that took place in September/October last year 2011.

The information is so embarrassing that it will cause difficulty for the prosecution to carry on with the case. They will have to ask the court to free them.

Some members of the prosecution who are privy to the information are now very troubled, knowing that the deal, once out in the open, will expose impunity within their ranks.

The officials privy to the information that will set the two men free are also well aware that they may end up in jail for playing along.

When Kenyatta’s and Ruto’s cases fall due to the manipulated information, Mr Francis Muthaura and Mr Joshua Sang will become free men as well.

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Updated 29.4.2013:

Francis Muthaura’s case fell early this year. Now the Ocampo six has been reduced to Bensouda three. These are President Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto, together with Radio journalist Mr Sang.

ICC has problems. Witnesses withdrawing and now The Judge from Belgium is reported to have withdrawn from the case, while at the same time accusing the prosecution of shoddy investigation.

What will happen in the end to these Kenya cases is now unclear.

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Written and posted the first time on 20.august 2012. Updated 29.4.2013. Withdrawn on 26.09.2013 due to security reasons. Awaiting further consideration, due to probability of the information ending up as evidence in the case.

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The arising sensitivity of this is based on uncovered conspiracy led by Moreno Ocampo when he was the Chief Prosecutor. /26.09.2013.

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