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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.
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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.

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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.

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