In Summary
  • Though the filing was done on Friday according to the Trial Chamber V(A)’s orders, the public redacted version will only be published by the International Criminal Court by Monday.
  • The filing comes days after Kenya moved to lobby African signatories to the Rome Statute to force a discussion on the amended Rule 68.
  • The decision, which is under appeal, has attracted widespread condemnation from the Jubilee administration.

Deputy President William Ruto has filed the no-case-to-answer motion seeking to have the post-election violence charges against him terminated before he can start calling his witnesses.

Though the filing was done on Friday according to the Trial Chamber V(A)’s orders, the public redacted version will only be published by the International Criminal Court by Monday.

Co-accused Joshua Sang also disclosed that he had done the same and asked Kenyans to pray for him.

“We have just filed no-case-to-answer motions. It is my sincere prayer that Jehovah God will bring to an end my case at this stage. May God help the Chamber see the falsehood that I have been facing for the past five years through the facts and the truth we presented before it, against what was presented by the prosecution. I request for your prayers for me and the DP to be acquitted at this stage. God...may your will be done,” Mr Sang posted on his official Facebook page.

The filing comes days after Kenya moved to lobby African signatories to the Rome Statute to force a discussion on the amended Rule 68.

A presentation made by Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Mr Macharia Kamau, to fellow ambassadors/Permanent Representatives to the UN on Friday in New York, a copy of which the Sunday Nation has obtained, reveals the gameplan Kenya has adopted to get other African nations to support its position.

RUTO CASE DEFERRAL
The government is lobbying African countries “to come up with common positions on the different agenda items.”

There are 33 AU members who are signatories to the Rome Statute.

“To this end, our experts need to meet urgently and come up with these positions, to the largest extent possible. Kindly note that this does not mean unanimity on the items, though this is most desirable,” Mr Kamau told fellow ambassadors.

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