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.