, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has pushed oral hearings on Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang ‘No Case to Answer’ motions from November to January next year.
The Trial Chamber V (A) said that it “vacates the dates of the oral hearings currently fixed for 24 and 25 November 2015 and moves the hearing dates to 14 and 15 January 2016.”
The Court further said the new dates are “the earliest possible dates following the Court’s move to the permanent premises.”
ICC said the change of dates is pursuant to Rule 132(2) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the ICC.
On Wednesday, Ruto had asked the court to excuse him from attending oral hearings scheduled for November 24, due to Pope Francis visit to Kenya later this month.
In his application, the Deputy President lawyer Karim Khan said the Pope’s three-day visit to Kenya includes a meeting with him and President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 25.
The court requires Ruto be physically present at the status conference of a no-case-to-answer motion, which he submitted on October 27.
Ruto and Sang are facing charges of crimes against humanity following the 2007/08 post election violence that left at least 1,300 people dead and over 600,000 others displaced.
The two are among the six Kenyans who were facing charges of crimes against humanity at the Hague-based court.
Early this year, the ICC cleared President Uhuru Kenyatta of the charges of crimes against humanity that were facing him citing lack of enough evidence to prosecute his case.
Former Head of Civil Service Ambassador Francis Muthaura, former Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey and former Police Commission Major General Hussein Ali were cleared.