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Ruto travels to The Hague for resumption of his trial

20 January 2014, 08:26

Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto travelled to The Hague on Sunday for the resumption of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Ruto’s trip to The Hague was confirmed by Parliament’s Majority Leader, Adan Duale, in a statement sent to the media, The Standard reports.

Last week Wednesday, ICC judges ruled that Ruto is not required to be present for his entire trial.

The court ruled in October last year that Ruto could be excused only under "exceptional circumstances", reversing an earlier decision excusing him from most of his trial.

The court's latest decision stipulates that Ruto must however be present for the entirety of the reading of the verdict and, if applicable, the sentencing.

He must also be present "when victims present their views and concerns in person" and for the first five days of hearings following a recess. ICC judges, on Wednesday ruled that Ruto is not required to be present for his entire trial.

The court’s prosecution, led by Fatou Bensouda, is yet to decide whether it will petition Ruto’s excusal or not.

- For more visit The Standard


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