ICC prosecutor asks court to require Kenya president to attend trial Peter Snyder at 10:55 AM ET
[JURIST] The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] asked the court Saturday to set aside their decision [press release; JURIST report] earlier this month allowing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [official website; JURIST news archive] not to be present for his whole trial on charges of crimes against humanity. The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) [official website] has requested [Capital News report] Trial Chamber V(b) to either reconsiders its decision to conditionally excuse Kenyatta from continuous presence, or allow for the OTB to appeal the trial chamber's decision up to the Appeals chamber. The impetus for the OTB's challenge was last Friday's decision by the Appeals Chamber of the ICC which ruled [JURIST report; judgment text] that Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] must be to continuously present for his trial at The Hague, unanimously reversing [press release] the Trial Chamber's decision [text, PDF] to grant a conditional excusal from continuous physical presence. The opening of Kenyatta's trial is scheduled for November 12.
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