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October 02, 2013

ICC Resumes Trial of Kenyan Deputy President Ruto

by VOA News

The International Criminal Court has resumed the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto after letting him return home to deal with last week's deadly militant attack on a Nairobi mall.

Ruto was back in court at The Hague on Wednesday for his trial on charges of crimes against humanity.

The trial began last month, with prosecutors alleging Ruto orchestrated ethnic violence after Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential election. Both he and his co-defendant, radio executive Joshua Sang, have pleaded not guilty.

Also on Wednesday, the court unsealed an arrest warrant for a Kenyan man accused of trying to corrupt witnesses involved in ICC cases regarding Kenyan officials.

Prosecutors say Walter Osapiri Barasa offered to pay witnesses to not testify in the proceedings, and that his arrest is necessary to ensure he does not obstruct the cases.

In addition to Ruto and Sang, the ICC will also try Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. That trial is scheduled to begin in November.