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The court in new documents, found that he influenced witnesses to sabotage the case against him and radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang.

Deputy prosecutor James Stewart on Tuesday, November 22, told the court that he had evidence proving that Ruto coordinated and masterminded witness corruption programme that sabotaged the case.

“The evidence establishes that the pattern of witness interference was conducted for the benefit of an in coordination with William Samoei Ruto,” Stewart said in a statement.

Ruto reportedly committed the crimes in coordination with Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru who surrendered to the ICC last year to answer charges relating administration of justice.

If found guilty of the allegations, DP Ruto shall have breached Article 70(1)c, and risks being charged with corruptly influencing witnesses which could earn him up to five years in jail for every count and payment of reparation to the 2008/07 post-election violence.

The latest development comes years after Ruto was charged with crimes against humanity at the ICC but was later freed after the court determined that witnesses in his case were interfered with and politically influenced.

The ICC also noted that there was no evidence at the time to prove that Ruto was directly involved in the witnesses interference.

Five years after the ruling, the Internation Court now claims that it has evidence to prove that Ruto interfered with the evidence.

Some of the witnesses that Ruto and his team reportedly influenced include Amaco Insurance boss Silas Kibet Simatwo, the chairman of CDF of Eldoret North, Meshack Yebei, and journalist Barasa.

It, however, warned that it would revisit the case once it gets enough evidence that proved otherwise.

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