Uhuru ICC status forum set for next Friday

August 31, 2013 8:47 am

, UHURU-HAGUENAIROBI, Kenya, August 31- The International Criminal Court (ICC) has set a status conference in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta for next Friday at The Hague.

The conference is aimed at discussing various issues in preparation for President Uhuru’s trial, which is scheduled to open on November 12.

The Head of State is not required to attend the hearing in person but has to be represented by his Counsels.

“The Chamber schedules a status conference for 6 September 2013 starting at 15:00hrs (Hague time) to discuss a number of issues in preparation for the trial, which is scheduled to open on 12 November 2013,” the Court said, “The accused, Mr Kenyatta, is not required to attend the hearing in person but has to be represented by his Counsels.”

Video streaming of the hearing will be available (with 30 minutes delay) on the ICC website.

The trial chamber says if the parties and participants wish to raise any particular matter from the main agenda, “they are requested to inform the Chamber thereof by Tuesday next week by way of email.”

Kenyatta’s defence counsels include Steven Kay QC and Gillian Higgins, while the case will be before Kuniko Ozaki as presiding judge, Judges Robert Fremr and Chile Eboe-Osuji.

Meanwhile, Deputy President, William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang will know their Trial schedule on September 9.

The Trial will open a day later in the presence of the accused who will answer charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the context of the 2007 post-election violence.

The trial will be held before Trial Chamber 5 ‘A’ composed of judges Chile Eboe-Osuji who will presiding, Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr.


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