Nairobi — Deputy President William Ruto has been given a one-week break from his International Criminal Court trial, following the devastating attack at the Westgate shopping mall.
The judges in Trial Chamber V (a) have also sent condolences to victims of the siege, which entered its third day on Monday.
The judges are yet to decide if the trial can proceed in Ruto’s absence or whether it will be adjourned.
The Deputy President’s lead Counsel Karim Khan had earlier on Monday told journalists that the judges had allowed the case to proceed without Ruto for two weeks, but the Prosecution appealed against the request leading to the one-week compromise.
At least 68 people have been killed in the heinous attack with hundreds others suffering serious wounds after Al Shabaab attackers took over the up market mall on Saturday.