Capital FM (Nairobi)

Kenya: ICC Allows Kenyan President to Skip Some Sessions

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has now been allowed to skip some of the hearings of his International Criminal Court (ICC) trial, set to begin on November 12.

The decision was adopted by majority, Presiding Judge Kuniko Ozaki dissenting.

"The Majority however required Mr Kenyatta's physical presence for the entirety of the following sessions: the opening and closing statements of all parties and participants, hearings when victims present their views and concerns in person, the delivery of judgement in his case and any other attendance ordered by the Chamber."

President Kenyatta is also required to be present during sentencing hearings, the delivery of sentencing, the entirety of victim impact hearings, as well as reparation hearings.

"The majority asserted that violations of any conditions of Mr Kenyatta's excusal may result in revocation of the partially granted request, and/or the issuance of an arrest warrant, where appropriate."

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