International Criminal Court rejects Kenyans' request for change of venue

November 11, 2012

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague rejected on Friday (November 9th) requests from Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former civil service chief Francis Muthaura to have their trials moved to Kenya or Tanzania, Kenya's Capital FM reported.

The ICC trial chamber judges instructed Kenyatta and Muthaura to submit their applications to the ICC presidency for review.

The defendants' legal representation made the request on grounds that moving the trials would reduce travel costs and disruption of the process, and keep proceedings close the place where the events in question occurred. Muthaura's defence team also submitted a request to have the trial held in Rwanda.

The two Kenyan officials face five charges of crimes against humanity -- murder, rape, persecution, deportation and other inhumane acts -- following the country's 2007 elections. The trials for the two men are set to begin in April, along with former Minister of Agriculture William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang who face charges of murder, deportation and persecution.

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  • ben
    November 13, 2012 @ 07:33:03AM

    People have already condemned the four unheared, has the ICC done the same by repeatedly refusing Kenya to handle this case locally now that we have ajudicial system thats surported by majority?

  • matigari
    November 12, 2012 @ 06:33:58AM

    why shoul it be brought to tanzania. there is nothing to fear.

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