Witness denies he made allegations against Ruto hoping to benefit from reparations

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 by this court, isn’t that the truth?,” Khan asked the witness.

“That’s not so,” Witness 409 replied in Swahili.

After Khan finished cross-examining the witness, trial lawyer Lorenzo Pugliatti said he did not wish to re-examine the witness. The lawyer for victims, Wilfred Nderitu, also said he did not wish to question the witness again.

Friday’s hearing was held in private session except for about 10 minutes at the end of the day’s proceedings.

Ruto and former radio journalist Joshua arap Sang are on trial facing three counts of crimes against humanity for their alleged roles during the violence that followed the 2007 elections in Kenya.

A new witness will testify on Monday.