ICC Judges grants Deputy President William Ruto’s request for excusal – this is victory for the Jubilee government.
Posted by African Press International on January 15, 2014
- The Hague, ICC – 15th, January 2014, Time 18.25PM;
This is good for Kenya and its people. President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose case has been put on hold, will now have his deputy in the country at all times to help in running the country.
The court directed that Deputy President Ruto be excused from attending the proceedings tomorrow the 16th and Friday the 17th. He will, however have to be in court on the 20th, 21st and 22nd january before his permanent excusal takes effect, a move that will free him from constant presence in the court..
The court also directed that Mr Ruto will be required to attend the proceedings in future if the court should find it absolutely necessary.
This now means Ruto’s case will continue without his presence, but only represented by his lawyers.
Mr Sang, his co-accused, told the court that he had no objection if Ruto was granted excusal, and that he does not feel discriminated because he understands that Mr Ruto, being the Deputy Head of State, has a huge responsibility to discharge constitutionally.