President Uhuru Kenyatta must appear at Hague

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected a request by President Uhuru Kenyatta to avoid appearing at a hearing on 8 October.

He denies organising ethnic massacres after the 2007 elections in which 1,200 people were killed,

Judges rejected Kenyatta’s request to postpone the hearing or appear via video link, and insisted he must appear in person at the Hague.

The trial has already been delayed several times.

Kenyatta’s lawyers made the request that he be excused from appearing before the court on the grounds that he had other commitments in Uganda at the same time.

They suggested that the hearing be postponed or that arrangements be made for Kenyatta to appear via video link.

However, the ICC rejected the request, saying that the matters to be discussed were at a critical stage and directly involve the interest of the accused and victims.

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