, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – International Criminal Court Trial Chamber V (a) judges have excused Deputy President William Ruto from being physically present at his ongoing trial following the Mandera attack that claimed 36 lives.
In an oral application on Tuesday afternoon, lawyer Karim Khan said Ruto has always cooperated with the court and should be allowed to stay in the country after the latest attack.
“Mr Ruto will of course continue to comply with any orders of the court … given the severity of this attack and its coming so close on the heels of another very organised barbarous attack, his presence is required in the Republic of Kenya,” Khan pleaded in his application.
Trial Attorney Lucio Garcia did not oppose the application as he conveyed his sympathy to Kenya for the loss.
Ruto was due to travel to The Hague on Tuesday night in time for a court appearance on Wednesday as the 27th witness continues his evidence. He was granted time to attend to important government matters last Friday.
The witness was expected to complete his evidence-in-chief on Tuesday before the defence teams begin cross-examining him.
The 27th witness is among nine witnesses in the case against Ruto and former broadcaster Joshua arap Sang who have been compelled to testify after initially declining to give evidence.