: ICC make landmark ruling on Ruto and Sang cases TUKO.co.ke understands the new development was captured in the 2018 annual report on ICC activities submitted to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly by ICC president Chile Eboe-Osuji. Read more: Tuko News
According to Eboe-Osuji who was one of the judges who presided over Ruto's case, the office of the prosecutor at the ICC had never stopped collecting evidence in relation to the Kenyan case. READ ALSO: Here is the evidence which Bensouda wanted to use to jail Ruto and Sang Details of the new evidence remain confidential as investigation into the PEV case continues, despite the case having been terminated due to insufficient evidence. The case against Ruto, who was charged alongside radio journalist Joshua arap Sang, was terminated in April 2016. This came after a related case filed against President Uhuru Kenyatta was also terminated in March 2015 on similar grounds. READ ALSO: DP William Ruto's mother prayed for son ahead of ICC ruling The court, however, declined to grant the accused persons acquittal after the prosecutor alleged there was lack of support from the Kenyan government and numerous incidents of witness interference. Bensouda convinced the court that the witnesses were intimidated, threatened and forced to withdraw from the case. A warrant of arrest was consequently issued against Paul Gicheru, Walter Barasa and Philip Kipkoech, some of the individuals believed to had been involved in witness interference, which is considered a criminal offence under the Rome Statute. READ ALSO: Besouda gets powers to combat ICC witness tampering A total of six individuals were indicted by ICC in relation to the 2007-2007 PEV that left 1,133 people dead and more than 650,000 others displaced. Besides journalist Sang, Ruto and Uhuru, the other suspects were former Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura, former Police Commissioner Mohammed Hussein Ali and former Industrialisation Minister Henry Kosgey. READ ALSO: Raila faults Uhuru's move to lead mass African exit from ICC The ICC case was a major political agenda in the months leading to the the 2013 General Election that saw Uhuru and Ruto dramatically ascend to power. The Hague-based court came under harsh criticism from a section of African countries led by Kenya, who accused it of targeting Africans and threatened to pull out of the court. Burundi made good its threat and became the first African country to exit ICC. The court continues to face criticism with regard to its activities, with the latest being from the the United States of America. The US reacted angrily when ICC attempted to bring crimes against humanity charges against American soldiers in Afghanistan.
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