Today, the ninth prosecution witness completed his testimony in the trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) of Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and former radio journalist Joshua arap Sang.
Except for a few minutes at the opening of Monday’s hearing, Witness 356 testified in private session. During his public testimony, the witness confirmed that a transcript defense lawyer Karim Khan read out in open court was what he heard on a video that was played in private session.
The video was of a news conference that Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga and other politicians held calling for the release of a prominent farmer of the Rift Valley, Jackson Kibor, if the police were not going to charge him. Kibor was arrested in February 2008 and later released.
A few minutes before the court adjourned for the day, the tenth prosecution witness took the stand. Witness 128 is testifying under protective measures that include his face and voice being distorted on the court’s live stream. He is also hidden from view of the public gallery by a screen. His first few minutes of testimony were in private session.
Witness 128 will continue testifying on Wednesday.