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ICC Presidency assigns judges to withdrawn Kenya’s Uhuru, Ruto cases

Following the solemn undertaking of six newly elected judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 9 March 2018 and the Presidency’s election on 11 March 2018, the Presidency of the Court has assigned the judges to the three judicial divisions.

In a press release on its website dated Friday, it says has assigned three judges to Trial Chamber IV charged with handling the terminated cases of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

Trial Chamber IV has been assigned three cases: one against President Kenyatta, the second against DP Ruto and former journalist Joshua Sang. Mr Kenyatta, Mr Ruto and Mr Sang were facing charges of crimes against humanity in relation to the 2007-08 post-election violence.

The charges against Mr Kenyatta were withdrawn on December 5, 2014 due to insufficient evidence.

“The case is considered closed unless and until the Prosecutor submits new evidence,” the ICC stated.

On April 5, 2016, the ICC terminated the case against Mr Ruto and Mr Sang. The court ruled there was insufficient evidence, but it did not acquit him.

The International Criminal Court recently elected for the first time a black president from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, at a time when it is facing unprecedented challenges and threats, as well as accusations of an unfair bias toward the African Continent by the African Union (AU).

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