Prosecutor Opposed to Githu As Friend of the Court, Defence to Submit by Thursday

Ruto and Sang:Thursday deadline

Ruto and Sang:Thursday deadline

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.

Githu Muigai: Friend of the Court

Githu Muigai: 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.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) attends a news conference before the trial of Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang in The Hague September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

Bensouda: Opposed REUTERS/Michael Kooren

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

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