Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang, which resumed following a seven-week break, was held entirely in private session.
Trial Chamber V(a) had ordered Monday’s sitting to hear the testimony of Witness 727. The judges made this order on February 17 after the witness had failed to honor previous commitments to give his testimony.
It is unclear whether the witness appeared before the chamber via video link on Monday as the court had ordered. The location of the witness has not been publicly disclosed.
On Monday, apart from the preliminary introductions of the different legal teams that was conducted in open court, the rest of the proceedings were in private session. The day’s hearing took place over two sessions and did not last more than two hours. Typically a day’s hearing at the ICC is held over three sessions of one and a half hours each.
The last hearing in the trial of Ruto and Sang was held on January 29. The chamber heard testimony from two witnesses in January and most of the hearings were held in private session. So far, Trial Chamber V(a) has heard the testimony of 29 witnesses.
Ruto and Sang are on trial for their alleged roles in the violence that followed the December 2007 presidential poll. They each face three counts of crimes against humanity.