Kenya Formally Applies For ICC Trial Deferral
Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has said
Kenya has formally filed to the UN Security Council
an application for the deferral of the cases at the
International Criminal Court.
The Deputy President who is currently on trial at the
The Hague, however, said that he preferred that the
cases proceed, but he be excused from continuous
attending the trial, as the court had earlier ruled.
He and President Uhuru Kenyatta both face charges
of crimes against humanity at the ICC, resulting from
the 2007/08 post-election violence.
The Deputy President said his preference was in the
interest of pursuing justice for victims and to get a
chance to clear his name in court, while at the same
time being able to discharge his responsibility to the
"It is our preference to follow the route that has
already been agreed to by the court that there should
be excusal of continuous attendance so as to balance
the scale of requirements to comply and to work in
the interests of justice and accountability, by making
sure that this case proceeds in court while balancing
the legitimate expectations of the Kenyan people."
Mr Ruto noted there were legitimate reasons for
deferral of the case to give Kenya the chance to
handle security challenges in the region, including
the threat of terrorism through the activities of Al-
He said this was important, especially with Kenya
having its troops in Somalia.
"It is clear that the President and myself need every
space to deal with that challenge even as we pursue
the interests of justice and balancing it with the
responsibility of running the country," he said.
The Deputy President criticised the Prosecution,
saying it had failed to do proper investigations,
adding that several applications had been filed for
the case to be terminated because the Prosecution
had failed in their mandate.