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ICC judges decide Ruto and Sang trial to be held in The Hague

Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have decided that the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang will be held at The Hague, not in Kenya or Tanzania as the defense had requested.

In their decision announced Monday, the judges also opted not to adopt the recommendation of Trial Chamber V(a) to hold part of the trial in Kenya or Arusha, Tanzania, where the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has been based since November 1994. This means that the trial of Ruto and Sang will open at The Hague on September 10 as earlier scheduled.

ICC judges met last week to discuss and vote on the matter following a June 3 recommendation of Trial Chamber V(a). The judges met under Rule 100 of the court’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence, which requires they vote on a proposal to move the venue of a trial from The Hague. For such a move to be adopted, at least two-thirds of the 18 judges needed to vote in favor of it.

Monday’s statement from the court did not give any details of how the judges voted or what swayed their decision. The statement just said the judges considered factors such as security, the potential impact on witnesses and victims if the trial was held outside The Hague, and the cost of holding the trial in a different venue. The statement said that the full plenary decision will be filed in due course.

The prosecution had partially supported the application by Ruto’s and Sang’s lawyers. The prosecution had asked the court to consider holding select sessions outside The Hague, such as the opening and closing of the trials as well as those involving expert witnesses. The Registry had recommended that there be only two sessions outside The Hague for only three to four weeks at a time.

 

5 Comments
  1. The ICC is collect becouse if the case is to be held in kenya authomatically no justices will be given as compared to the previous cases that has been handled here in kenya that of makueni by election where keth is avictim and that of last election. I support the ICC is choice

  2. Good day for every one
    Good luck for every one
    Justice for all. Please note, just note.(1) individuals on trial not government
    (2) some witnesses have changed their mind because of repeated postponement.
    (3) justice delayed is justice denied.

    ok. than you.

  3. ok thank you

  4. i want to ask all the people, do you think these cases will bring justice to the victim now? NO! NO!! NO!!! try another way out. Personally because these people are in big seats in Kenya let icc to leave these people with condition of accomodating IDPs and give funds to start their families.

    • When a person kills another and is tried for murder, does it bring “justice to the victims? And how many people were killed in the PEV?

      Don’t be too consumed with the idea of justice. Sometimes the job of the courts is just to punish.

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