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International Criminal Court excuses Deputy President William Ruto from continuous presence at trial

By - Updated Wednesday, January 15th 2014 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Standard Digital Reporter

The International Criminal Court has conditionally ( ICC) excused Deputy President William Ruto from continuos presence at trial but with some conditions.

The judges outlined nine conditions during the Wednesday ruling.

ICC Presiding Judge Eboe-Osuji in the oral ruling said: “The Chamber  hereby conditionally excuses Mr Ruto from continuous presence  at trial on the following conditions:  As indicated in the new rule 134,  a waiver must be filed.   That's one condition.  The further conditions are these:  in the case, two,  when victims present their views and concerns in person,  three, the entirety of the delivery of the judgement in the  case, four, the entirety of the sentencing hearing, if  applicable, five, the entirety of the sentencing, if  applicable, six, the entirety of the victim impact hearings,  if applicable, seven, the entirety of the reparation  hearings, if applicable, seven, the first five days of  hearing starting after a judicial recess as set out in  regulation 19 B I S of the regulations of the Court, and  nine, any other attendance directed by the Chamber either /or other request of a party or  participant as decided by the Chamber. The Chamber considers that the attendance of Mr Ruto  pursuant to the requirement indicated in condition number  eight, being attendance and first five days of hearing  starting after a judicial recess, will require him to be  present for today's hearing and the next -- sorry -- starting  tomorrow and the next five days.  However, in view of the  need for Mr Ruto to deputise for the president of the  Republic of Kenya during his absence from the country from  the 16 of January 2014, Mr Ruto is excused from presence at  trial on the 16th and the 17th of January 2014.       Mr Ruto shall, however, be present for the remainder of  the period indicated under condition number eight”.

This ruling was as a result of Ruto’s request made on December 16 last year to be excused from continuous present during trial.

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