|Written By:Wangari Kanyongo, Posted: Mon, Jan 16, 2012|
The pre-trial chamber at the International Criminal Court-ICC has clarified that it will issue a written ruling Monday January 23, 2012 on the confirmation of charges against six suspects accused of bearing the greatest responsibility over the post election violence.
To that effect, the suspects and their lawyers will not be expected to travel to The Hague as the ruling will be communicated through electronic mail.
The confirmation of Charges hearings were meant to establish substantial grounds to examine crimes against humanity and ascertain whether to put the Six alleged suspects bearing the greatest responsibility to trial.
And whichever way the ruling goes, it will be an outcome that will directly affect the political arena ahead of the forthcoming general election.
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, MPs William Ruto and Henry Kosgey, civil service boss Francis Muthaura, postmaster general Hussein Ali and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang are facing crimes against humanity and gross human rights violations following their alleged involvement in the 2007 post election violence.
The ruling on the fate of the six was scheduled for Saturday, January 21st but being a weekend the international criminal court was prompted to delay the decision of whether or not the cases will be committed to full trial by 48 hours.
Pre-Trial Chamber II judges Ekaterina Trendafilova, Hans Peter-Kaul and Cuno Tarfusser can, on the basis of evidence presented by the prosecutor, drop or confirm all the charges for all the six suspects or drop some charges for some suspects.
The bench may ask the prosecution to amend the charges, a situation that will result in the court holding fresh confirmation hearings.
If charges are confirmed, the ICC President will constitute a trial bench within two to three months.