As the trial of the Kenyan ICC suspects get underway ,the International Criminal Court (ICC) is to hold a status conference today ,Thursday to discuss the conditions of the summonses to appear issued by the Pre-Trial Chamber as well as to address any practical, financial or legal matters related to the attendance of the accused at trial.
The court is scheduled to start with the case against Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and former Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura in the morning, followed by that of William Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang later in the afternoon,Capital news reports
“The status conferences will be held on14 February 2013 at 09:30 (Hague time) in The Prosecutor v. Francis Kirimi Muthaura and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and at 14:30 in The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua arap Sang will also be video streamed with 30 minutes delay,” the court indicated.
Kenyatta and Ruto will participate via a video link from an undisclosed location , while Muthaura and Sang are already in The Hague for the proceedings.
During the Kenya’s presidential debate on Monday this week ,Uhuru Kenyatta maintained that he will be able to govern the country and deal with the charges facing him at the ICC if elected President.
Kenyatta, the deputy prime minister faces trial along with his running mate William Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for their alleged roles in orchestrating murder and violence after the 2007 Kenya poll.
The violence shattered Kenya’s image as a beacon of stability in East Africa, when what began as political riots quickly turned into ethnic violence that killed 1 200 people and displaced 600 000 others.