Ruto suffers blow after ICC judges allow use of evidence by five hostile witnesses

Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, who is presiding over the trial of Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang. Mr Ruto was on Wednesday dealt a blow after ICC judges allowed a prosecution request to use evidence earlier given by five hostile witnesses. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The decision means Ms Bensouda is free to use statements by witnesses who either recanted or withdrew from testifying.
  • Presiding judge Chile Eboe-Osuji gave a separate, partly concurring opinion to that of judges Olga Carbuccia and Robert Fremr.
  • The prosecutor had asked to be allowed to use the statements of witnesses declared hostile after being compelled by the court to testify or withdraw.
  • This latest ruling is a setback to the defence teams as they will not get a chance to cross-examine the witnesses.

Deputy President William Ruto was on Wednesday dealt a blow after ICC judges allowed a prosecution request to use evidence earlier given by five hostile witnesses.

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