Media Advisory: 30 August 2013

ICC to hold Press Conference on the opening of the Ruto and Sang trial on 9 September 2013


Situation: Situation in the Republic of Kenya
Case: The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang

A Press Conference on the commencement of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang is scheduled on Monday 9 September 2013 at 12:00 (The Hague time) in the Press Briefing room of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

The ICC Registrar, Herman von Hebel, will open the Press Conference. The ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, the Defence Counsel for William Samoei Ruto, Karim Khan, the Defence Counsel for Joshua Arap Sang, Joseph Kipchumba Kigen-Katwa, and the Legal Representative of the Victims, Wilfred Nderitu, will then make short statements. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions for journalists attending the event in The Hague. The briefing will be web-streamed live on the ICC website.

The trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 10 September 2013, in the presence of the accused. Mr Ruto and Mr Sang are accused of crimes against humanity (murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution) allegedly committed in Kenya in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence. The trial will be held before Trial Chamber V(a) composed of Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji (presiding), Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Judge Robert Fremr.

More information on the case can be found here.

Further information on the trial schedule and on media accreditation will be announced in due course.

Accreditation to the Press Conference

Journalists wishing to attend the Press Conference are kindly requested to confirm their attendance by email to [email protected] and will receive a written confirmation.  

Media representatives attending the Conference are requested to use the public entrance located at Regulusweg and to arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. Journalists must present a valid press identification card.  

Web streaming of the Press Conference

The Press Conference will be web-streamed live on the ICC website at:

The video and audio files of the Press Conference will subsequently be available for download on an FTP server in mpeg 3 and mpeg 4 formats (video and audio) as well as on the ICC YouTube channel for viewing.

Parking facilities

Media representatives can use the parking facilities located at the intersection of Regulusweg and Wegastraat.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].

For information related to audio-visual matters, please contact Violeta Willemsen-Curcic, AV Producer, at + 31 70 515 8422 or at [email protected]

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