Gambian as co-lead counsel for Kenya’s Ruto at ICC

Essa Faal/Photo:FIDH

Essa Faal/Photo:FIDH

The Kenyan deputy President William Ruto has tightened his legal team ahead of next month’s commencement of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) by hiring a Gambian defense lawyer as co-lead counsel.

In a new strategy to fight off charges against him, Mr Ruto has hired Essa Faal, a former defense lawyer for Kenya’s former Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura.

Mr Faal has been appointed as the co-lead counsel. “The Registry hereby informs the Honorable Judges of the Trial Chamber V (A) of the appointment of Essa Faal by Karim Khan, the lead counsel for Mr Ruto,” reads the ICC filing made Tuesday.

Faal, a Gambian, has previously worked for the Office of the Prosecutor regarding cases in Darfur, Sudan and rose to become the senior trial lawyer for those cases by November 1, 2007. He, however, resigned on March 31, 2011 and on April 22 informed the deputy prosecutor that he had joined the defense team of Muthaura.

Former ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo who believed he was privy to confidential prosecution information about the Kenyan suspects opposed his joining of the defense team.

Source: Standard Digital

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