Trial in the Ruto and Sang case: Relevant information and materials

The trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang opened on Tuesday, 10 September 2013, in the presence of the accused, and is currently on-going.

On 15 January 2014, ICC Trial Chamber V(a) made an oral ruling excusing Mr Ruto from continuous presence at trial, on the following conditions: First a waiver must be filed. Second, the accused will need to be present at the following hearings: 

  1. when victims present their views and concerns in person;
  2. for the entirety of the delivery of the judgement in the case;
  3. for the entirety of the sentencing hearing, if applicable;
  4. for the entirety of the sentencing, if applicable;
  5. for the entirety of the victim impact hearings, if applicable;
  6. for the entirety of the reparation hearings, if applicable;
  7. for the first five days of  hearing starting after a judicial recess as set out in regulation 19 bis of the regulations of the Court;
  8. and for any other attendance directed by the Chamber either or other request of a party or participant as decided by the Chamber.

Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are accused of crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) allegedly committed in Kenya in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence. The trial is held before Trial Chamber V(a) composed of Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji (presiding), Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Judge Robert Fremr.

Audiovisual programmes
  • Hearing and decision on the excusal of the accused: English

  • Decision on the adjournment of the trial: English

  • ICC Trial Chamber V(a) states that interfering with witnesses is an offence against the administration of justice and may be prosecuted: English

  • Ruto and Sang case: “Ask the Court” programme on the situation in Kenya, co-operation, proceedings and witnesses in the Kenyan cases – 4 September 2013: English

  • Ruto and Sang case: Ask the Court Programme on proceedings, hearing schedule and presence of the accused during trial – 28 August 2013 English

  • Ruto and Sang case: Trial to open in The Hague -- ICC Registrar statement - 15 July 2013: English, Swahili, Français

Ruto and Sang case: "ICC in Focus" programme series:

“ICC in Focus” is a new television and radio series produced by the ICC's Public Information and Documentation Section. This programme is covering issues related to the proceedings in the Kenya cases – the trial proceedings, the role of parties and participants, victims, witnesses and other issues.

  • Focus on Trial - Part 1 History, proceedings, role of parties and participants, victims, witnesses and other issues
  • Focus on Trial - Part 2 History, proceedings, role of parties and participants, victims, witnesses and other issues
  • Focus on witnesses
    (Interview with ICC Registrar Herman von Hebel)
  • Focus on Prosecution
    (Interview with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda)
  • Focus on Prosecution
    (Full interview with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda)
  • Focus on victims 
  • (Interview with Heloise Dumont (VPRS))
  • Focus on victims
    Interview with Wilfred Nderitu (Common Legal Representative for victims))
  • Focus on Defence
    (Interview with Mr Ruto’s Principal Defence Counsel, Karim Khan, QC)

All programmes are available on the ICC YouTube Channel Ruto and Sang case playlist

Attending hearings

Hearing in this case are generally held daily at the following times:  9:30 – 11:00; 11:30 – 13:00; and 14:30 – 16:00. However this schedule may be subject to change. It is recommended to consult the ICC hearing schedule prior to attendance. ICC hearings are generally open to the public, unless the Chamber orders a closed session. We also invite you to read the rules of behavior in the public gallery.

To attend hearings, go to the public entrance of the Court located on Regulusweg in The Hague. Any person entering the Court building will have to pass through the security checks and present valid identification (passport, identity card or driving licence). In the interests of public order, under-sixteen-year-olds are not allowed in the Court building.

The public gallery seats 75 persons. Seats are allocated according to the order of precedence and arrival at the Court. You may stay until the end of the hearing. Simultaneous interpretation into English and French is available during hearings. Headphones are available to the public for this purpose.

Members of the media in possession of a valid press card can also access the Court’s Media Centre. The area can seat up to 64 people and includes plasma TV screens; a Wi-Fi Internet service; cards (plug + play) for those without Wi-Fi capability in their PC or laptop; 6 computers with Internet access; and 7 telephones that may be used free of charge for internal calls.


The proceedings can be followed with a 30-minute delay on the ICC website at: English, French

The hearings will be held in open session unless ordered otherwise.

Information Material

Case information sheet
English, Français

Questions and answers about the trial

The Courtroom
English, Français

The Court today
English, Français

Relevant decisions

Decision on the Conduct of Trial Proceedings (General Directions), ICC-01/09-01/11-847, Trial Chamber V(a), 9 August 2013

Decision on the request for suspensive effect, ICC-01/09-01/11-862, Appeals Chamber, 20 August 2013

ICC - Decision on the Confirmation of Charges Pursuant to Article 61(7)(a) and (b) of the Rome Statute, ICC-01/09-01/11-373, Pre-Trial Chamber II, 23 January 2012

All public Court records in the case are available here.