A defense lawyer and a witness accused the other of lying during the on-going trial at the International Criminal Court of Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and former radio journalist Joshua arap Sang.
David Hooper, who represents Ruto, was continuing his cross-examination of Witness 442 on Friday when he and the witness disagreed. At some points Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji had to intervene to guide the witness, reminding her that she should simply answer yes or no to questions and not anticipate what Hooper’s intentions were.
Hooper asked the witness a series of questions about whether she saw Elijah Lagat in Kapsabet on December 31, 2007 and January 3, 2008 as she had said in earlier testimony. Witness 442 said she had. … Continue Reading
A witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) she did not hear Joshua arap Sang call on listeners of his radio station to stop the violence that followed the announcement of the results of the December 2007 presidential election.
On Thursday, Witness 442 gave this answer in response to a question from Judge Robert Fremr. She had earlier told the court that Sang told listeners of Kass FM that the work had been done properly, but in some places, like Nyagacho and Molo, it was not finished. Nyagacho is in Kericho, a district to the south of Eldoret town. Molo is near Nakuru town.
She said Sang had said there were still weeds in the farms that needed to be cleared. The … Continue Reading
A witness described to the International Criminal Court (ICC) how she slept in the bush outside someone’s compound and at a police station as she tried to flee violence that erupted after the presidential results of the December 2007 election were declared.
Witness 442 narrated to the court how she and her children escaped the violence near her home on January 1, 2008 and what she saw and experienced as she eventually was taken to the Eldoret showground after spending three days at the Kapsabet police station. As she told the court about her arrival at the Eldoret showground, Witness 442 broke down.
Witness 442 told the court on January 1, 2008, she and other women saw two houses being torched. She … Continue Reading
A witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) former radio journalist Joshua arap Sang said that votes were being stolen as Kenya waited for the electoral commission to announce the full presidential results of the December 2007 elections.
Witness 442 said on Tuesday that Sang made the claim on Kass FM, a Kalenjin language radio station he worked for at the time. The witness said Sang even gave as an example the results in one constituency, Juja, to back his claim. She did not give more details about Sang’s claim nor was she asked more questions on the issue.
The witness’s testimony came at the end of the day, and it is possible trial lawyer Lara Renton will pursue this in her … Continue Reading
A witness denied he made allegations against Deputy President William Samoei Ruto in documents submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) because he hoped to benefit if reparations are ever determined.
Ruto’s lawyer, Karim Khan, questioned Witness 409 about reparations because the witness is known as a dual status witness in ICC parlance. This means he is both a prosecution witness and one of the victims listed in the case. People who are listed as victims in cases before the ICC are eligible for reparations if the court convicts an accused person.
“You only mention the name of William Ruto as being involved in the post-election violence of 2007 only after the case against [former Cabinet minister Henry] Kosgey is not confirmed … Continue Reading
Hearings continued on Thursday at the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and former radio journalist Joshua arap Sang with a defense lawyer challenging a witness on whether he was in the Nandi Hills area in 2007 as he testified in court earlier.
Karim Khan, Ruto’s lead defense lawyer, questioned Witness 409 on his whereabouts during the 2007 election on the basis of mobile phone records Khan produced in court. Khan also questioned the witness about whether was he really at a rally at Meteitei.
Khan read to the witness three items on mobile phone records that he produced in court. The three items included the time and date of phone calls Khan said the witness made … Continue Reading
Today at the International Criminal Court (ICC), a lawyer for Deputy President William Samoei Ruto told Witness 409 that Ruto never attended two rallies the witness claimed to have seen and heard Ruto speak at in the campaigns leading up to the 2007 elections.
Witness 409, however, insisted that he saw and heard Ruto speak at rallies at Nandi Hills stadium and Kapchorua.
Karim Khan, Ruto’s lead lawyer, told the witness that Ruto was campaigning in constituencies near Lake Victoria at the same time there was a big rally for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party at Nandi Hills stadium.
Khan showed Witness 409 a news clip about an ODM rally at Nandi Hills stadium, which was attended by some of the top … Continue Reading
Today, a defense lawyer challenged a prosecution witness on his knowledge of the Kalenjin language and whether his translation was accurate of Kalenjin sentences he claimed were uttered by Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and a former cabinet minister during campaign rallies in 2007.
Joseph Kipchumba Kigen-Katwa, who is the lawyer for former radio journalist Joshua arap Sang, questioned Witness 409 about Kalenjin words he said meant remove and work. Kigen-Katwa was referring to two sentences the witness had said Ruto and Henry Kosgey, a former cabinet minister, spoke in Kalenjin that the witness interpreted to mean that the two leaders wanted the Kalenjin to evict non-Kalenjins from the Rift Valley.
One Kalenjin word Kigen-Katwa challenged the witness on was “kesich.” Witness … Continue Reading
A witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) that Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and a former cabinet minister repeatedly called on their fellow Kalenjin to chase away non-Kalenjins from the Rift Valley.
Witness 409 said Ruto repeated his call at a rally at Meteitei during which former cabinet minister Henry Kosgey also spoke. The witness said Kosgey made a similar call at a rally at Labuiywo, which Ruto did not attend.
The witness said that the Meteitei rally was the last one he attended before the December 2007 elections. He said it was held close to voting day.
Kosgey spoke before Ruto and told the crowd in Swahili that he was the chairman of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), so they should … Continue Reading
A witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) that Deputy President William Samoei Ruto called on the Kalenjin to chase away non-Kalenjins from the Rift Valley region in two separate rallies ahead of the 2007 elections.
On Friday, Witness 409 said that the first time he heard Ruto make the call was at a rally at Nandi Hills stadium. He said that the second time he heard Ruto ask the Kalenjin to evict non-Kalenjins from the Rift Valley was at a subsequent rally at Kapchorua.
The witness told the court that at each rally Ruto spoke in Swahili first and then in Kalenjin. Witness 409 said that when Ruto spoke in Swahili, he usually spoke about development issues and encouraged people to … Continue Reading