Blogger Wahome Thuku dropped a bombeshell regarding the witnesses whose prior statements filed at the ICC will now be admitted as part of evidence in the ongoing trial of DP William Ruto.
Here is Thuku’s expose:>>>
ONE more thing to remember about the Ruto case is that all the witnesses who recorded statements and later recanted them are Kalenjins. Now their statements will be admitted and they wont be called again to testify because they already testified and were declared hostile witnesses if you remember. So the court will just look at the statements together with other evidence and decide if Ruto should be put on his defence or acquitted at this point. If he is put on defence and he decides to call his witnesses, we could be in the ICC till 2017. But if Ruto ever gets convicted it will be on the basis of these statements. Those who say Ruto was fixed by Mt Kenya you now know what happened.
A way from Thuku’s expose that the hostile witnesses were all Kalenjins, the decision by the ICC to admit recanted statements in the Ruto case is a set back for the DP. The issue now is on the truth in those statements, admitting the statement is not enough.
Some of the five witnesses were among the seven witnesses whom Prosecutor Madam Bensouda dragged into courtroom appearance year. Six of the seven witnesses were declared “hostile” by the judges after they betrayed the prosecutor.
“They gave statements variously describing pre-election meetings they attended â€” some at Ruto’s home â€” wherein post-election violence was planned and participants, including Ruto, distributed money and weapons, broadcasts on [Joshua arap] Sang’s radio station in which Sang incited violence, and acts of violence during the PEV itself,” Bensouda said in a December 5, 2013, application.
The witnesses claimed Ruto was present and participated in violence-planning in 11 meetings during which the participants discussed the procurement of firearms, the selection of field commanders and the arrangement of finances and logistics.
The witnesses described the alleged “network” through which Ruto is accused of committing the alleged crimes. Some described in detail specific attacks such as those perpetrated in Turbo and Kiambaa. All the five witnesses withdrew their co-operation with the Office of the Prosecutor. When summoned by the court, they repudiated almost to word the incriminating evidence they had initially provided.
Bensouda succeeded to convince the judges to admit the statements by tabling evidence demonstrating that the witness had been induced into recanting evidence as contained in their prior statements . She tabled before the judges a written statement on money transactions and transcript of conversation between the people involved in the alleged scheme.