Ruto's trial proceeds in his absence
28 October 2013, 10:23
The Hague - Deputy President William Ruto’s Hague trial will for the first time proceed in his absence after the International Criminal Court excused him from the hearings for three days.
Ruto, travelled back to Nairobi on Saturday to take charge as President Kenyatta attends a tripartite meeting aimed at addressing issues affecting the region, such as security and infrastructure in Rwanda.
The trial will proceed with the sixth witness, identified only as P268, giving his testimony of what happened during the 2007/8 post election violence in the presence of Ruto’s co-accused Joshua Sang, The Standard reports.
Appeals judges ruled that Ruto must attend all sessions of his trial unless specifically excused.
Prosecutors promptly requested a similar ruling in the separate case of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who had like Ruto been granted blanket permission to be absent for the bulk of his trial.
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