10 February 2014

Kenya: Lawyer Has Not Seen Victims - ICC

Photo: Benedikt von Loebell/World Economic Forum
Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenyaat the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013.

THE ICC registry has complained that the victims' lawyer in Deputy President William Ruto's case is not meeting victims.

In its latest periodic report detailing the general situation of victims of post-election violence, the report says the lawyer, known in ICC parlance as Common Legal Representative, Wilfred Nderitu, has not directly met his clients for four months.

The report, the seventh of its kind, was delivered to the judges of the trial chamber in the Ruto case late last month.

"During the reporting period, the CLE did not meet with victims of the prosecutor vs William Ruto and Joshua Sang case. Instead, members of the CLR's team carried out a series of field activities with potential clients to assess their status as victims of the case," the report says.

"The registry notes that all of the meetings with victims reported by the CLR during the present reporting period and the last appear to have been conducted in his absence."

"The registry will expect to receive information in future reports that the CLR has been meeting with victims in person," the report says. The report was prepared by Marc Dubuisson, director of division of court services at the registry.

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