Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ICC in the Media, Update #40

This week the media has focused almost exclusively on the Kenya post-election violence case. Last week Kenya suspects Sang, Ruto and Kosgey applied to the ICC to have their confirmation of charges hearings delayed from September 1 to mid-October. However, this application was recently rejected by Pre-Trial Chamber II, who decided that the hearings should start on time. The counsel of the three suspects have reportedly said that they will appeal the decision, but will be ready to commence the hearings on time if they lose. Speaking in Nairobi last week, the ICC Spokesperson emphasized that the Kenya suspects are free to waive their right to attend the hearings. This is possible because the suspects have appeared voluntarily, not due to arrest warrants. The following video provides an overview of the confirmation process, including an explanation by ICC Spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah.

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