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ICC: Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto addresses the Status Conference in the Hague

Posted by African Press International on May 16, 2013

The Status Conference which was scheduled to take place Tuesday the 14th and 15th of May 2013 started with Ruto and Sang being Present in person in the Internationa Criminal Court.

Ruto has told the court that he is a victim of falsehood. This is not far from the truth because those who have come forward to witness against him have been promised incentives – money and high class lifestyles in Western rich countries, on condition they help the prosecution convict Deputy President Ruto.

Some of the witnesses, however, have started getting cold feet, withdrawing themselves from the witness list and revealing that they were induced.

On the Wednesday, the second day of the Status Conference both accused were not rewuired by the court to be present, so with the leave of the court, they were absent. Ruto had told the court that he had scheduled to be in the Hague only one day but that he had no problem attending the proceedings on the second day if the court so ordered.

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Status conference – Deputy President Mr William Ruto at the ICC Yesterday

Posted by African Press International on May 15, 2013

Kenya‘s Deputy President William Ruto accompanied by his wife Rachel appeared at the International Criminal Court in person during the status conference Tuesday.

The court is to decide when his trial will commence. Mr Ruto wants the trial to start in November or thereafter. His trial has been postponed and will now not take place as scheduled from the 28th of this month – May 2013.
Mr Ruto was allowed to address the court in person after his lawyers had made their submissions.
He asked the court to allow him to travel back to Kenya the same day in the evening, a request that the judges saw no reason to reject.
The status conference will continue today Wednesday without Ruto in court. His cooperation with the court makes things easier for him and that is the reason why the judges granted him leave to travel back to Kenya at the end of yesterday.
Ruto’s lawyers had told the court that as Deputy head of State of a Member State of the Rome Statute who cooperates with the court, he should be allowed to go home and take care of his responsibilities to the Kenyan people.

Mr Ruto assured the court that he will cooperate and recognises the court’s jurisdiction. He wants his court, when his case starts, to allow him to appear through a video link direct from Kenya so that he is at the same time able to attend to his duties as Deputy Head of State. The request is being opposed by the prosecution.

 

Mr Joshua Sang was also present. He, like Ruto, wants his case to start later in the year. His lawyers told the court that Mr Sang will attend the trial in person.

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