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Vol 54 No 12

Published 7th June 2013


Kenya

Bringing it all back home

The International Criminal Court’s offer to hold the trial of William Ruto in East Africa could be an astute compromise

The announcement by the International Criminal Court on 3 June that it could try William Ruto, Kenya’s Deputy President, in East Africa rather than at the Hague appears to be a response to an African Union resolution calling for ICC cases to be brought back to Africa. Ruto’s defence team had also requested his trial be brought closer to home ‘in the interests of justice’. For the Court, an ICC trial in Africa would be vastly preferable to transferring the case to the Kenyan judiciary, which it believes would come under irresistible political pressure. Already more than ten witnesses have recanted their testimony.

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