Published September 17, 2013
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The first witness to testify in the International Criminal Court trial of Kenya's deputy president has described how a mob of youths torched a church where 2,000 people had sought refuge from postelection violence.
The burning of the Kenyan Assemblies of God church in the Rift Valley village of Kiambaa was one of the most notorious incidents in the violence that left more than 1,000 dead across Kenya after the 2007 national vote. A commission of inquiry found that 28 people were killed there.
Deputy President William Ruto and radio broadcaster Joshua Arap Sang have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, persecution and deportation for allegedly orchestrating the violence.
The woman testifying Tuesday spoke anonymously amid prosecution claims of witness intimidation.