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Two Kenyan judges appointed to head international courts

05 December 2013, 17:08

Nairobi - Two Kenyan judges have been appointed to head key international courts as global community continues to recognize the country's judiciary system, said chief justice on Wednesday.

According to Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga, 16 judges of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL) have elected Kenya's Justice Philip Waki of the Court of Appeal as the President of the Court for a renewable term of two years.

"Ten of the Judges were appointed by the Secretary-General of the UN and six by the Government of Sierra Leone. The Judges will not serve full time," Mutunga said in a statement released in Nairobi.

The 16 judges are drawn from 10 countries, including 10 from Sierra Leone, two from Kenya and the rest from Britain, United States, Samoa, Northern Ireland, Botswana, Uganda, Canada and Austria.

"They will be on a roster, and may be called upon to exercise judicial functions in an ad hoc capacity on matters arising from the ongoing legal obligations of the Special Court for Sierra Leone," Justice Mutunga said.

He said another Kenyan High Court judge, Isaac Lenaola, who is a member of the RSCSL, has also been appointed the Deputy Principal Judge of the East African Court of Justice, established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community.

- Xinhua


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