The judge presiding over the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that the first prosecution witness will give the rest of her testimony on camera in closed session, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Thursday (September 19th).
After local media outlets and bloggers in Kenya published the supposed name and photographs of the witness, the court warned against revealing the identities of protected witnesses.
Ruto's lawyer Karim Khan opposed the move. "There is no risk to the witness. She already is in victims and witness care," he said, adding that the published pictures were not of the witness.
Meanwhile, the ICC Presidency rejected the African Union's application to adjourn Ruto's trial until its appeal to have his and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's trials moved to Kenya is heard and determined, adding that only the judges hearing the case can make such a determination.
African Union leaders are to hold a special summit next month in Addis Ababa amid growing regional opposition to the trials, AFP reported. The African Union has accused the ICC of singling out Africans for prosecution.
The summit "will be a follow-up to the decision that that they took in May... where they requested the International Criminal Court to facilitate giving Kenya the opportunity to investigate and try the accused," said deputy head of the AU's executive branch Erastus Mwencha.