New ICC hope for state officials

Written By Michael Maunda on Sunday, December 1, 2013 | 8:20 PM

The Assembly of State Parties revealed a new decision was made last night, to allow President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William to be excused from attending court.

The latest amendment seeks to allow President Uhuru and Vice Ruto to be represented by their lawyers in court, upon application, writes The Standard.

This after ICC judges ruled President Uhuru would not be exempted from attending trial.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohammed revealed in a statement, “I am happy that we have achieved what we wanted to achieve. We wanted the President and his deputy to be excused from trial and we have achieved that through the amendment to Rule 134”, via The Standard.

The recent amendment stating witnesses do not have to be physically present at the Hague was also addressed, prompting Mohammed to add, “We were opposed to the use of testimony of absent witnesses and we have achieved that through introduction of a caveat to Rule 68”, via The Standard.