News / Africa

Attorney Hopeful ICC Will Drop Charges Against Kenya Leader

Kenya's presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and his running mate William Ruto (2nd L) celebrate winning the presidential election with supporters after the official result was released in Nairobi, March 9, 2013. Kenya's presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and his running mate William Ruto (2nd L) celebrate winning the presidential election with supporters after the official result was released in Nairobi, March 9, 2013.
x
Kenya's presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and his running mate William Ruto (2nd L) celebrate winning the presidential election with supporters after the official result was released in Nairobi, March 9, 2013.
Kenya's presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and his running mate William Ruto (2nd L) celebrate winning the presidential election with supporters after the official result was released in Nairobi, March 9, 2013.
Peter Clottey
The lead attorney for Kenya’s deputy president-elect, William Ruto, says he is confident the charges against his client at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be dismissed.

Katwa Kigen insists the charges are based on false information designed to undermine the political future of the newly elected deputy president.

“We have always maintained that the case was founded on information that is not accurate [and] that was in many ways artificially designed,” said Kigen.

“We are also hopeful that being as diligent as she [Fatou Bensouda] has promised to be, she would realize also that the case against Ruto and against Joshua Sang are also founded on flimsy and contradictory, and information that cannot be clearly be deemed to be true, and that in the course of time she will also move forward to seek that the case be called off,” Kigen said.

His comments came after the ICC dropped charges against Francis Muthaura, the former head of Kenya’s civil service.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she withdrew charges against Muthaura because of what she termed the “severe challenges” her office faced. 

Muthaura was one of four Kenyans charged with orchestrating violence that followed Kenya’s disputed presidential election in late 2007.                                                

The ICC does, however, plan to move ahead with the charges of crimes against humanity against both president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto.

The ICC accuses the two leaders of playing a role in Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence that left at about 1,300 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes.

Kigen says his is happy Muthaura‘s ordeal is over.

“We are happy that the trouble that ambassador Muthaura has gone through has come to an end,” he said. “We are also hopeful that the same will be applied to our case and that in the course of time, we would be able to enjoy the same treatment that has been associated upon ambassador Muthaura.”

Some analysts had said Ruto could complicate matters for the ICC by refusing to cooperate with the Hague-based court. But Kigen says Ruto will continue to cooperate with the ICC in spite of his recent election victory.

“He has always maintained his will to cooperate and he has every intention of cooperating and I think that issue is moot. It is a fact that he wants to cooperate,” said Kigen.
Clottey interview with Katwa Kigen, attorney for William Ruto
Clottey interview with Katwa Kigen, attorney for William Rutoi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties

Interior Minister Avakov says 91 people 'in positions of leadership' have been fired, including 8 generals found to have links to past pro-Moscow governments More

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

Airline officials note that even under travel ban, they may not be able to determine where passenger set out from, as there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone More

Nigerian President to Seek Another Term

Goodluck Jonathan has faced intense criticism for failing to stop Boko Haram militants More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid