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Canada Goose Jackets THE HAGUE/NAIROBI (Reuters) Kenya deputy president played an important role in the post election bloodbath that engulfed Kenya in early 2008, the International Criminal Court prosecutor told judges at the opening of his trial on Tuesday.
buy canada goose jacket cheap Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto (R) reacts as he sits in the courtroom before his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague September 10, 2013. Ruto appeared at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday for the opening of his trial on charges of co orchestrating a post election bloodbath five years ago. REUTERS/Michael Kooren
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Ruto and co defendant Joshua arap Sang are accused of working with other conspirators to murder, deport and persecute supporters of rival parties in the Rift Valley region.
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was a carefully planned and executed plan. Ruto ultimate goal was to seize political power for himself and his party in the event he could not do so via the ballot box.
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Ruto spokesman said the deputy president would return to Kenya on Wendesday, after the prosecutor said witnesses had yet to arrive in the Canada Goose Online Netherlands. He would then go back to the Hague next Tuesday when the first witness is expected to testify.
Ruto lawyer accused prosecutors of using tainted evidence and false testimony, and called on them to drop the charges.
President canada goose black friday sale Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto former rival and now his political ally, will be tried on similar charges in November.
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Last year, Kenyatta and Ruto buried their differences, joining forces to win a March election in an alliance they say makes violence unlikely. Their supporters say the court cases risk undoing years of painstaking reconciliation.
Canada Goose sale Ruto lawyer, Karim Khan, listed what he said were shortcomings in the prosecution case.
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would have wished that the cases don take place since we have already reconciled, especially with our Kalenjin neighbours, said Patrick Muchiri, 53, a Kikuyu farmer who was evicted from his home by Kalenjin youths and now buy canada goose jacket cheap lives at a camp housing hundreds of displaced victims of the clashes.
canada goose since the matter is before the canadian goose jacket ICC, let justice take its course. However, our concern is that this might create for us a big problem should they find Ruto liable. It would revive old wounds, he said.
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Canada Goose Outlet years canada goose outlet of waiting and suffering, we now believe that justice will be done, and those Canada Goose Jackets responsible for our problems punished, said Otieno, who said he was assaulted by Canada Goose Parka militia who set his belongings ablaze.
Canada Goose Parka Kenyan public backing for the ICC has slipped, however. An Ipsos Synovate poll in July showed only 39 percent still wanted canada goose coats the trials to proceed, down from 55 percent in April 2012.
Kenya parliament voted last week for Kenya to withdraw canada goose uk shop from the ICC jurisdiction, though cases canada goose already in progress will continue. President Kenyatta threatened to suspend cooperation with the ICC if he and his deputy were summoned simultaneously, leaving no head of state in residence.