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Murgor cleared to appear before ICC

BUSINESS
By | January 7th 2011

By Beauttah Omanga

Lawyer Philip Murgor has been cleared by the International Criminal Court as a counsel legible to represent suspects or victims during its sessions.

The ICC’s Chief Counsel of the support section, Esteban Peralta Losilla informed Murgor of his admission in an email sent to him on Friday.

Murgor had applied for inclusion as a counsel to the ICC and his plea was granted after a review.

"On behalf of the Registrar of the ICC, I am pleased to inform you that after review of your application for inclusion in the list of counsel, you meet the requirements set forth in rule 22 of the Rulers of Procedure and Evidence and regulation 67 of the regulations of the court," wrote Losilla.

The official told the lawyer that following his admission, he was now eligible to be appointed as counsel to represent suspects, accused, or victims in the future.

The notification went on "as such, your inclusion to the list of counsel in no way denotes an actual appointment of assignment to represent suspects or accused or even victims before the court".

Following the admission to the ICC Murgor, who once served as Director of Public Prosecution, is now free to advertise or in any representation he may wish to engage in as part of his practice.

He now joins other Kenyan lawyers who have already shown interest in representing the six Kenyans named by the ICC Chief Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo if approached.

William Roto, Henry Kosgey, Joshua Sang, Francis Muthaura, Uhuru Kenyatta and Post-Master General Hussein Ali are said to be busy consulting lawyers to represent them when hearing of their cases commence.

The ICC is expected to resume its sessions this week after the December holiday break.

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