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ICC sets a new date for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial

Posted by African Press International on October 31, 2013

The International Criminal Court‘s Trial Chamber V(b) has set the trial’s commencement in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta to February 5th, 2014. The case was to start on the 12th November 2013.

The trial judges noted that the Defence and the Prosecutor were in agreement on postponing the date.

Mr Kenyatta’s defence team had, on 24th October 2013 requested the Chamber to vacate the initial date which was the 12th November 2013. The Prosecution accepted the date saying that certain factual matters that the defence has raised makes sense and merited further investigation.

While postponing the date, the court expressed deep regret that repeated adjournments of the trial delays justice for all parties involved. The court has urged the parties to speed preparations so that no further postponement are necessitated.

 

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Lawyer Njenga Mwangi disusses the Kenyan cases with API while on a visit to the ICC

Posted by African Press International on October 25, 2013

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Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Sang are on trial at the ICC. President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s case is expected to start in the same court on the 12th of November.

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At the ICC: Interview with Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo and Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai

Posted by African Press International on October 25, 2013

Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo and Narok County Governor spoke to African Press International at the ICC in the Hague where the two are at the moment to give moral support to Deputy President and Journalist Sang during their on-going trial.

Ruto‘s trial will adjourn on the 1st of November to give way for the start of President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s case. The trial is expected to start on the 12th of November.

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 Leaders visiting ICC:

Kenyan leaders at the Hague (September and October). Different leaders arrive weekly to the Hague. They stay for a week and return home while a new group arrive to take their place.

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You loose power you get prosecuted – that is politics of the day

Posted by African Press International on October 9, 2013

A president gets ousted. The next step is prosecution. This happens all the time when power changes hands through political violence. The latest action is taking place in Egypt.

It has now been confirmed that the ousted President Mohammed Morsi will soon go on trial. It is slated for November 4th. He is accused of inciting murder and violence.

This is the same man who only a year ago was the people’s heroe after removing the former President Hosni Mubarak who is also on trial.

Morsi’s charges relate to the deaths of seven people. The killing took place during clashes between opposition protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters. Place of the violence: Cairo, outside the presidential palace last year 2012.

Morsi will be tried alongside 14 other prominent members of the Brotherhood. While awaiting trial, Morsi is detained in undisclosed location. The Army says he is safe.

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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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