News / Africa

ICC Partially Excuses Kenyan Leader from Trial

Kenyan President Kenyatta (L) shakes hands with Deputy President Ruto, Nairobi, Oct. 12, 2013.
Kenyan President Kenyatta (L) shakes hands with Deputy President Ruto, Nairobi, Oct. 12, 2013.
VOA News
The International Criminal Court says Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will not have to attend all parts of his trial on charges of crimes against humanity.

In a ruling issued Friday, ICC judges say Kenyatta must be present for all opening and closing statements, the delivery of the verdict, and when his alleged victims "present their views and concerns in person."

It says he is excused from attending other parts of his trial, so he can perform his duties as president of Kenya.

Kenyatta is accused of helping to organize ethnic violence that killed more than 1,100 people after the disputed 2007 Kenyan presidential election.  

His lawyers have argued his job as president precludes him from attending the trial at The Hague.

His deputy president, William Ruto, is also on trial at the ICC for charges related to the violence.

Both men have denied the allegations against them.

You May Like

Video Obama Announces Plan to Send 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Ebola Fight

At US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Obama details troop deployment and other pieces of US plan More

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

Muslims in Kunming say that they condemn the violence, it is not a reflection of the true beliefs of their faith More

Humanitarian Aid, Equipment Blocked in Cameroon

Move is seen as a developing supply crisis in West Africa More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Daashka from: Malaysia
October 21, 2013 3:45 AM
In the eyes of ICC both men, Kenyatta and Ruto, are guilty of war crime. ICC wants them to appear in front of the court and prove their innocence beyond reasonable doubt.


by: OGBA JACOB from: ABA, NIGERIA
October 20, 2013 9:48 AM
icc takes Africa for granted so we can't value them anymore they are ant-Africa


by: Gabriel
October 19, 2013 2:46 PM
Yes the ICC has lost its credibility, there are those that are responsible for thousands of deaths in Africa, yet the ICC has never taken the appropriate action, despite the facts being well known and documented. The United Nations too and certain governments have just "looked away", hoping that with the passage of time they can avoid responsibility" also being placed upon them. How they deal with their conscience is beyond understanding.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Communityi
X
September 16, 2014 2:06 PM
Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid