Ruto and Sang Trial Kicks Off At The Hague

On 10 September 2013, the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang opened in the presence of the accused before Trial Chamber V(a) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are accused of crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) allegedly committed in Kenya in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence. The trial is held before Trial Chamber V(a) composed of Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji (presiding), Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Judge Robert Fremr.

The trial’s opening started with the reading of the charges against William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang. Upon receiving confirmation from each leading Defence Counsel, Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji was satisfied that the accused understood the nature of the charges. Both accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Court’s Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and trial…

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