The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court has today granted the Prosecutor leave to oppose an application by the Government of Kenya to participate in its proceedings as amicus curiae. Through Attorney General Githu Muigai, the Government had submitted through an application lodged on 24th September, 2015 to the Chamber that it has important observations to make to it and required leave to do so as a friend of the Court.
In turn, on 25th September, 2015, the Prosecutor filed a request for leave to respond to the Government’s application on grounds that the Court’s Trial Chamber had rejected a similar application by Kenya.
In the Chamber’s decision published today, Piotr Hofmanski, presiding judge of the Appeals Chamber allowed the Prosecutor’s application. It also directed her as well as the defence teams for Deputy President William Ruto and former journalist Joshua Sang to lodge their responses to the Prosecutor’s response by 1600 on Thursday, 1st October, 2015