Uhuru can use video link: ICC
22 September 2014, 19:02
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta can use video link to 'attend' the upcoming ICC status conference on his trial, the Hague based court has said.
In a statement Monday, the ICC insisted that President Kenyatta is expected to attend the
conference in the Netherlands October 8 2014, as a matter of principle unless his
lawyers appeal for an alternative means.
" If the
accused wishes to attend via video-link, he could make a request to the
Chamber, which the Chamber would then rule on, the statement sent from the
Court’s Public Affairs Unit said.
The Court continued to say that thus far, no such request has been made.
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" At the moment, no
such request has been made by the accused and we cannot speculate on
what the parties may request or what the Judge would decide, it continued.
The president has yet to attend a court session whilst in office and if he does so, this will be the first time a sitting president attends court sessions at the ICC.
Debate has now turned to whether he should attend the sessions in any capacity, with supporters split on opinion.
Jubilee coalition MPs that have spoken on the matter say that he should not go to the trial, while other feels that by not going, he could open up a list of problems for himself.
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The coalition is set to meed Wednesday to deliberate on and come up with a single stand on the matter of his attendance.
The status conference will discuss the status of cooperation between the
prosecution and the Kenyan Government and other issues the prosecutors
have raised before the court.
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says that Kenya has denied her office crucial evidence that can be used in the case to prosecute Kenyatta.
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