International Criminal Court status conference set to commence

The International Criminal Court (ICC) status conference will take place on Thursday. The court will hear the case against Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta, former Civil Service chief Francis Muthaura, William Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang. Muthaura and Sang will appear in the court while Kenyatta and Ruto will partake via a video link.

The court maintained: “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.”

Earlier on Wednesday, ICC president Judge Sang-Hyun Song showed uncertainty about the trials scheduled for April due to logistical problems. He also insisted that there is enough reason to worry on the trials of the Kenyan candidates following the upcoming historic General Election.

Song said: “The cases are meant to start in April but since there are so many variables here, we don’t know what’s going to happen. At the moment, I must admit that the logistics aspect of the Kenya case, for example, is not necessarily easy. These four suspects are under summons to appear. They are not arrested people. They kept on saying they will comply with the ICC procedures and so on and so forth.”

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