13 February 2013

Kenyatta, Ruto to Attend Status Conference At the Hague Via Video Link

Kenya's Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former Eldoret North parliamentarian William Ruto agreed to attend a status conference on their cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC) via video conference on Wednesday (February 13th), Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

Kenyatta and Ruto are on trial for their alleged roles in orchestrating the post-election unrest that killed about 1,200 and displaced around 300,000, according to the United Nations. They are scheduled to appear before the court on April 11th. Both have entered not-guilty pleas.

Former head of the civil service Francis Muthaura and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang, who have also been accused of inciting violence following the 2007 elections in Kenya, have travelled to The Hague for their status conference, accompanied by Kenyatta's and Ruto's legal teams.

"The main purpose of the status conference is to discuss the conditions of the summonses to appear issued by the pre-trial chamber, as well as to address any practical, financial and/or legal matters related to the attendance of the accused at trial, including the modalities of the accused's stay on the territory of the host state during the trial," the ICC said.

During the conference, the ICC will outline the rules and procedures for the trial, and also rule on a request from Kenyatta and Ruto to have their cases heard alternately, so that they might govern the country while the trial is under way should they win in the March 4th general elections.

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