Today, Trial Chamber V (a) held a status conference to review the progress in the trial of Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
No agenda was publicly given for the status conference, but it is safe to assume one of subjects was the failure to hold hearings since the trial resumed on Monday. The chamber had ordered Witness 727 testify before it starting Monday, but that has not happened.
There has not been any official court statement on this. The status conference was held entirely in private session, and no details of any decisions made at the meeting have been made public so far. The status conference went on for about an hour and a half, and then the court adjourned for the day.
Typically, a status conference is where judges and lawyers discuss the progress of the trial as well as particular applications before the court. The accused are not required to attend. Before Wednesday’s status conference, Trial Chamber V(a) has held at least five such meetings since January last year. Most of them have been held in private session. The last status conference the chamber held in open court was in February last year.
Ruto and Sang are on trial for their alleged roles in the violence that followed the December 2007 presidential poll in Kenya. They each face three counts of crimes against humanity.