ICC Addresses DP Ruto's Case Revival

  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) has cleared the air on claims by Deputy President William Ruto that some individuals are seeking to revive the case against him to his detriment.

    A report from Sunday Nation on January 26, 2020, indicated that the ICC declared its stand after an inquiry by the publication following DP Ruto's allegations during an interview with NTV's Ken Mijungu. 

    "The office of the prosecutor cannot comment on speculations." the statement read. 

    The ICC made clear that when DP Ruto's charges were dismissed, the court still kept the case open subject to the discovery of fresh evidence that could warrant fresh prosecution.

    DP Ruto at the ICC trial chambers.

    "As you are aware, on April 5, 2016, Trial Chamber V (A) vacated the charges against William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang, without prejudice to the prosecution bringing a new case in the future, or in a different form, in light of new evidence," the statement was quoted.

    The ICC made clear that the door was still open should there be new evidence, but did not clarify on whether it had received the said evidence or was re-examining the case. 

    The Hague-based court also clarified that it was its mandate to receive any information pertaining to the alleged crime from any individual regardless of geographical location. 

    "As a general matter, in accordance with Article 15 of the Rome Statute, the founding Treaty of the ICC, any individual or group from anywhere in the world may send information on alleged crime to the ICC prosecutor who is duly-bound to protect the confidentiality of the information received.

    "The office analyzes any such materials submitted, as appropriate, in accordance with the Rome Statute and with full independence and impartiality," the ICC was quoted.

    DP Ruto had on January 23, alleged that there was a group of people who had sent individuals to Kenya to revive the ICC cases against him.

    "There are characters who have already sent people to Kenya to resuscitate the ICC cases against me. They did not succeed in the former presidents' Daniel Moi case and Mwai Kibaki scenarios as during those eras, such cases were prominent. They will not succeed in this particular scenario. In fact, their failure will be spectacular," Ruto told NTV's Ken Mijungu during an interview on January 23, 2020.