Media Advisory: 6 October 2014

Ruto and Sang case: Appeals Chamber to decide on appeal against Trial Chamber decision summonsing witnesses to appear


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

On Thursday, 9 October 2014, at 15:00 (The Hague local time), the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold an open court session to read a summary of its judgment on Mr Ruto and Mr Sang Defence teams' appeal against the Trial Chamber V(a) decision of 17 April 2014. On 17 April 2014, Trial Chamber V(a) granted the Prosecutor's request to summon witnesses to appear before the Trial Chamber in the Ruto and Sang trial, who were no longer cooperating or no longer willing to testify. The Government of Kenya was requested to assist in serving the summonses to the witnesses. On 5 June 2014, Mr Ruto and Mr Sang's Defence teams appealed the Trial Chamber V(a) decision.

On 17 June 2014, the Appeals Chamber rejected the Defence's request for suspensive effect, meaning that the appeals procedure did not impact the course of the trial hearings at this stage or the testimony of summoned witnesses. This decision was without prejudice to the Appeals Chamber's judgment on the merits of the ongoing appeals.

On 1 September 2014, the first witness summoned to appear attended the hearing before the Trial Chamber V(a), and four of the nine have testified to date.

For more information on this case, click here.

Scheduling Order for the judgment on the appeals against the decision of Trial Chamber V (A) entitled "Decision on Prosecutor's Application for Witness Summonses and resulting Request for State Party Cooperation" of 17 April 2014 (ICC-01/09-01/11-1274-Corr2)

Practical information:

Attending the hearing

  • Journalists wishing to cover the hearing are kindly invited to request attendance via email to: [email protected]. All journalists must present a valid press card at the public entrance of the Court, located at Regulusweg (The Hague).
  • Members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and other members of the public wishing to attend the hearing are kindly invited to request attendance via email to: [email protected]. Attendees must present a valid passport or valid ID with a photo at the public entrance of the Court, located at Regulusweg (The Hague).


The hearing can be followed live on the ICC website at:

Courtroom I: English | Français

AV materials

Filming or photography is strictly prohibited inside the Court building. However pictures will be posted on the Court's Flickr account.

Audiovisual materials will be available for download on an FTP server in video (MPEG-4) and audio (MPEG-3) format after the hearings and for viewing on the official ICC YouTube Channel.

Parking facilities

Parking facilities are available for media representatives at the Regulusweg and Wegastraat car-parks.

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].

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