ICC judges overturn decision excusing Ruto from attending trial
25 October 2013, 12:52
The Hague - Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court ruled on Friday that Deputy President William Ruto could only be excused from attending his trial on a case-by-case basis, overturning an earlier ruling.
Ruto, who is accused of orchestrating a wave of violence after the contested 2007 election, wanted judges to agree that he need only attend the opening and closing sessions of his trial in The Hague, as well as hearings at which victims aired their grievances.
The decision puts the court at odds with the government and the African Union, which have asked for the trials of Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta to be moved nearer to home or postponed.