ICC terminates Ruto and Sang cases – VIDEO
Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang heaved a sigh of relief Tuesday when the International Criminal Court judges dropped their cases.
Presiding judge Eboe Osuji made the announcement declaring the case a mistrial “due to incidence of witness interference and intolerable political meddling.”
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda can, however, appeal the verdict.
“The charges are hereby vacated and the accused are discharged from the process, without prejudice to their presumption of innocence or the prosecutor’s right (to) re-prosecute the case at a later date,” read the verdict.
CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
“The victims should be invited to express views and concerns in relation to reparation or assistance in lieu of reparation.”
Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are accused of crimes against humanity consisting of murder, deportation, or forcible transfer of populations and persecution, allegedly committed in 2007/2008.
In the melee, 1,133 people were killed and more than 600,000 displaced.