Judge overturns decision on Kenya deputy leader

The judge at the International Criminal Court who previously pardoned Kenya's deputy president from attending certain court cases has changed his mind, saying he must now attend all trials.

Judge overturns decision on Kenya deputy leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court ruled on Friday that Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto could only be excused from attending his trial on a case-by-case basis, overturning an earlier ruling.

Ruto, who is accused of orchestrating a wave of violence after Kenya's contested 2007 election, wanted judges to agree that he need only attend the opening and closing sessions of his trial in The Hague, as well as hearings at which victims aired their grievances.

The decision puts the court at odds with the Kenyan government and the African Union, which have asked for the trials of Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta to be moved nearer to home or postponed.

Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2013, 10:51
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