A witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) that most of the witnesses whose statements were relied on to confirm charges against Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang were members of the Party National Unity (PNU) that Ruto campaigned against in 2007.
Witness 743 said this on Monday in response to a question from Shyamala Alagendra, Ruto’s lawyer. Alagendra asked the witness not to name the other witnesses in court, and the rest of her questions to Witness 743 took place in private session.
Ruto and Sang have been charged with three counts of crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in the violence that erupted after the December 2007 presidential election. During that election Ruto was a key leader of the Orange Democratic Movement party that was challenging the PNU of the then incumbent President Mwai Kibaki.
At the beginning of Monday’s proceedings, Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said Trial Chamber V(a) directed Alagendra to complete her questioning of Witness 743 by Thursday. The judge also said Alagendra should leave enough time on Thursday for the prosecution to complete any re-examination they may wish to conduct.
Witness 743 testified in private session the whole day, except the chamber’s directive and Alagendra’s one question. This was also the case on Friday.
Witness 743 will continue testifying on Tuesday.