14 February 2013

Kenya: ICC Examines Status of Kenya Cases

Nairobi — The International Criminal Court (ICC) status conference for the four Kenyans facing trial at The Hague is set to take place on Thursday.

The court is scheduled to start with the case against Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and former Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura in the morning, followed by that of William Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang later in the afternoon.

"The status conferences will be held on14 February 2013 at 09:30 (Hague time) in The Prosecutor v. Francis Kirimi Muthaura and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and at 14:30 in The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua arap Sang will also be video streamed with 30 minutes delay," the court indicated.

While Muthaura and Sang are already in The Hague for the proceedings, Kenyatta and Ruto will participate via a video link from an undisclosed location.

We will stream the status conference live on our website www.capitalfm.co.ke from 11.30am.

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 or legal matters related to the attendance of the accused at trial.

The parties to the case including the prosecution, defence and the victims' legal representatives from the two cases will give their views on their preparedness for the trials scheduled for April 10 and 11.

The status conferences will be held even as the ICC President expressed concerns that the court is facing challenges in prosecuting cases in Africa more so the Kenyan case.

On Wednesday, ICC president Judge Sang-Hyun Song said he was uncertain what will happen about the trials scheduled for April due to logistical challenges.

The ICC has among others been questioned by the defence over the credibility of the prosecution witnesses which has seen the defence teams of Muthaura and Kenyatta apply to the trial chamber V asked for their cases to be referred back to the Pre-Trial Chamber.

Kenyatta's team complained that evidence given by witness number four was not included in the evidence released by the prosecution in preparation for the trials. The team also claimed that witness number four had been dropped after admission he/she lied to the court.

The ICC however has not ruled on the matter which is already before the judges.

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