, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) Registry is not opposed to a request by Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto for their trials to be conducted by video link.
ICC Registrar Silvana Arbia informed Trial Chamber V that her office which is supposed to facilitate the proceedings will be in a position to support a video link from Kenya for President Kenyatta, Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang if given the financial resources.
Arbia has listed elaborate requirements that have to be in place for the court to consider allowing the three to attend their trials via a video link.
She says it will cost about Sh6 million to secure video teleconference system, reliable Internet and uninterrupted power supply will be key for a steady link.
In addition, “it would be beneficial if the location identified could be secured at all instances so the trial proceedings could take place in a calm atmosphere,” she explained.
Communication between parties to the case will be done via local mobile phone network at the remote location which according to Arbia, was done during the status conference where Kenyatta and Ruto appeared on video.
“Pending approval by the Trial Chamber, the Registry’s ICTs would install telephones with international dialling facilities to the mobile phones at the remote location,” she asserted.
She said the registry will ensure the quality of audio is good, “but noise pollution from outside and or other factors as heavy rain would obviously be out of the registry’s control.”
She also said the court will have to send a separate team of audio visual technicians and a court officer to facilitate the video link.
Challenges that might affect the video link include the time difference of two hours during winter and one hour during summer meaning that in Kenya the court will have to sit till 9pm in case of afternoon hearings.
For the three to appear via video link, the registry will require about Sh6 million (49,600 Euros) per year.
Kenyatta, Ruto and Sang requested the Trial Chamber to allow them appear for the trials via video owing it to the high travel costs involved.