Ruto requests ICC trial adjournment to deal with attack
22 September 2013, 15:32
Amsterdam - Lawyers for deputy president William Ruto asked judges to adjourn his International Criminal Court (ICC) trial to allow him to return home to deal with the armed attack on the Westgate shopping mall, according to a court filing.
In the filing, lawyers say Ruto was
needed at home to help with security briefings and consultations. President Uhuru
Kenyatta and Ruto are voluntarily complying with court summonses, but
have previously asked to be excused from attending every session in
view of the responsibilities attached to the high offices they both
"Mr Ruto ... is required to return to Kenya to discharge his
ordinary constitutional duties," lawyers wrote in the filing.
"Thereafter, Mr Ruto will be required to deal with the aftermath of
such a traumatic and tragic event for Kenya."
Gunmen from a Somali
Islamist group burst into Nairobi's upmarket Westgate shopping mall on
Saturday, killing shoppers and taking hostages. They have since been
locked in a tense stand-off with security forces.