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Kenya emerges victorious at the Twelfth session of the Assembly of States Parties held in the Hague, by securing amendments to the Rome Statute – to their satisfaction

Posted by African Press International on November 27, 2013

Kenya has emerged victorious at the twelfth session of the Assembly of States Parties by securing amendments to their satisfaction. This means now that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are not required to appear in the International Criminal Court in person but only represented by Counsel.

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This is good news for African Union who had pushed for the deferral because they did not want to see Kenya’s Commander-in-Chief and President of the Republic of Kenya humiliated, sitting daily in the court instead of serving the people of Kenya.

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed was thrilled to see her delegation manage their assignment. The delegation was led by the Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai. In the delegation were many other senior government officials among them, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keriako Tobiko.

Today is a celebration for those Kenyans and friends of Kenya who supported the amendments because they do not want the Head of State and his deputy to be humiliated.

However, there are those who are disappointed like the NGOs and some members of the Kenya opposition parties who wanted to see the humiliation of the President and his deputy carried through.

Ambassador Amina Mohamed informed the media that the amendments also allows for the Video link in other cases in the future. She hopes the video link trials  can be extended to cover Mr Joshua Arap sang since his case is already ongoing.

When asked if the trial via video link will be extended to Mr Barasa whose warrant of arrest has been issued by the ICC accusing him of confusing witnesses, the Cabinet Secretary stated that there was no discussion in that direction. Mr Barasa, therefore, will have to face the ICC in person to answer the charges if he is exported to the Hague by the Kenyan authorities. He has gone to court to block exportation. Mr Barasa recently told the media that he worked with ICC investigators on witnesses and that they turned against him when he was considered hostile to the needs of the ICC prosecution. Barasa is a Kenyan journalist who has claimed that he was being paid by the prosecution investigators whenever he gave them the help they needed.

Did Mr Barasa break the code of conduct as a journalist in any way?

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12th Session of the Assembly of States Parties going through proposed amendments to the Rome Statute

Posted by African Press International on November 26, 2013

The Session held at the World Forum Center, the Hague in the Netherlands. 122 Nations are in attendance. Kenya wants immunity from prosecution for serving Heads of State and is seeking the support from willing Nations.

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Nothing to hide, Nothing to fear: Deputy President William Ruto is in the Hague (ICC) today 14th May 2013 for a Status Conference

Posted by African Press International on May 14, 2013

  • By Korir, Oslo – Norway

This is a sign of nothing to hide, and no fear. A man of character – already Deputy President Ruto knows he has nothing to hide nd fear , thus he decided to travel to the Hague yesterday evening even if it was not a must for him to do so. His lawyers would represent him during this status conference whereby the court wants to fix the hearing dates after postponing the hearing that was scheduled to start on the 28th of this month of May 2013.

The fact that Deputy President Ruto decided to be present in person in the International Criminal Court is great sign that he will cooperate with the court until the end, and the fact that he is now Kenya’s deputy Head of State has not entered into his mind transforming him to ignore the court.

This is a man who says he is innocent, and has put his fate in the hands of his creator, the Almighty God. Mr Ruto Believes he will be exonerated in the end, and will come out of this tormenting period, a very strong man.

Deputy President William Ruto (left) and his wife Rachel Ruto (right) are received by Kenyan ambassador to Netherlands Makena Muchiri at the Schipol Airport May 13, 2013. Mr Ruto is in The Hague to attend ICC's status conference May 14, 2013. REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto (left) and wife Rachel Ruto (in red) being received by Kenyan ambassador to Netherlands Makena Muchiri at the Schipol Airport yesterday May 13, 2013. Mr Ruto is in The Hague to attend ICC’s status conference today May 14, 2013. Rebecca Nduku/NDUKU/DPPS  

Deputy President William Ruto has arrived in The Hague, Netherlands to be personally present at a status conference at the International Criminal Court. He left Kenya yesterday night accompanied by his wife, and Attorney General Professor Githu Muigai.

A few hours before leaving Kenya, Mr Ruto welcomed home President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 10.00pm when arrived back int the country from a four-day visit to South Africa. President Kenyatta was in South Africa attending the World Economic Forum on Africa themed “Delivering on Africa’s Promise”.

The status conference at the ICC will discuss Mr Ruto’s request to have his trial moved from May 28th to November. The conference will also discus ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request to add five witnesses to their list. The conference will also discus modalities – how Mr Ruto will attend the proceedings while at the same time running the country as Deputy Head of State. This is a consideration the court seems to agree to, because Mr Ruto is cooperating with the court and there is not warrant of arrest against him.

The former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang has requested the same as Mr Ruto. He wants his case postponed from 28th of this month to November.

The two men say they are ready to cooperate with the court until the end of the trial because they say they are innocent.

During the start of the Kenya cases at the ICC, brought by Moreno Ocampo, the former Chief prosecutor, there were six suspects, namely President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta who was then Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister, Former Head of the Civil Service Mr. Francis Muthaura, Former Commissioner of Police Ali, Deputy President William Samoei Arap Ruto (then MInister of Agriculture and Education), former Industrialization Minister Mr Henry Kosgey and the former Radio Presenter Mr Joshua Arap Sang.

The cases facing Ali, and Kosgey were thrown out at the confirmation of charges hearing. Mr Francis Muthaura’s case crumbled recently, even after charges against him had been confirmed by the Pre-trial chamber.

The cases are falling apart because witnesses that the prosecution rely on are now coming out of the closet saying that they were enticed to lie by being offered comfortable lifestyles in European capitals and other countries including the US, Canada and Australia.

There are strong signs that the remaining cases – Mr Kenyatta’s, Mr Ruto’s and Mr. Sang’s will also see no convictions.

 

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