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Bensouda fails in bid to have Ruto attend ICC trials

02 April 2014, 19:24 William Korir

Nairobi - ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has failed in an appeal to have deputy president William Ruto fully attend the trial currently facing him at the Hague based court.

Bensouda had appealed an earlier decision to allow Ruto miss huge chunks of the trial so as to allow him attend to his duty as deputy president.

But in a ruling Wednesday, the judges said that the risk of Ruto asking for extended hearings in which witnesses have testified in and he was not available as argued by Bensouda was minimal.

"The Majority of the Chamber considers that the risk of any hearings which Mr Ruto did not attend needing to be repeated has significantly decreased. This risk becomes even more theoretical if one is to consider the Appeals Chamber’s standard of review, whereby the Appeals Chamber ‘will not interfere with [another] Chamber’s exercise of discretion because the Appeals Chamber, if it had the power, might have made a different ruling, the judges said in their ruling.

Trial chamber V (a) had in January excused Ruto from personally attending the trial under certain circumstances.

Ruto had asked for a lull in his attendance by stating his constitutional obligation as Kenya's Deputy President and that he had cooperated well in previous times.

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