Kenya — The judgment on an appeals proceeding in the case of The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang is scheduled to be delivered in open Court on Friday, 12 February 2016 before the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court.
The trial of William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang opened on 10 September 2013.
Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are accused of crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) allegedly committed in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya.
The trial is being heard by Trial Chamber V(A), which is composed of Judges Chile Eboe-Osuji (presiding), Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr.
The International Criminal Court investigation is concerned with violence after the disputed 2007 Presidential election. After the announcement of the PNU’s Mwai Kibaki as winner, supporters of the ODM’s Raila Odinga contested the results.
Violence stemming from protests, largely along ethnic lines, caused 1,500 deaths and 600,000 displacements. The Kenyan government launched a commission, which recommended a special tribunal, which was politically rejected in Kenya, leading to the commission to send evidence to the ICC.
Six individuals were summoned to the ICC in 2011 based on their alleged involvement in crimes during the post-election violence. Charges against four of them were confirmed, and charges against one of those were later dropped.
The allegations against William Samoei Ruto and Joshua arap Sang is that they sought to ethnically cleanse groups seen as pro-PNU – Sang, a radio presenter, using his show to incite violence. Their trial commenced on the 10th of September 2013. The allegations against Uhuru Kenyatta are that he funded a banned gang, in order to keep the PNU in power at all costs, leading to deaths of civilians, rapes and ethnic cleansing.
In 2013, Kenyatta and Ruto, who supported different sides in 2007, formed a political alliance and were elected President and Deputy President of Kenya, respectively.