Media Advisory: 2 October 2014

Status conferences in Kenyatta case on 7 and 8 October 2014: Practical information


Situation: Republic of Kenya
Case: The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

On 7 and 8 October 2014 at 10:00 (The Hague local time), Trial Chamber V(b) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold two status conferences in the case The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta at the seat of the Court in The Hague (Netherlands). The hearings will be held to discuss the status of cooperation between the Prosecution and the Kenyan Government and issues raised in the Prosecution's Notice of 5 September 2014, respectively.

The status conferences will be held before Trial Chamber V(b) composed of Judge Kuniko Ozaki (Presiding), Judge Robert Fremr, and Judge Geoffrey A. Henderson, in the presence of the Prosecution, the Defence and the Legal Representative of Victims. A Representative of the Kenyan Government is invited to attend the first status conference and Mr Kenyatta is required to be present at the second status conference.

Background: On 19 September 2014, Trial Chamber V(b) vacated the trial commencement date in the case The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, which had been provisionally scheduled for 7 October 2014, in order to have more time to consider the recent requests by the parties and participants to the trial, without prejudice to its ruling regarding those requests. The Chamber also convened two status conferences.

Mr Kenyatta is charged, as an indirect co-perpetrator, with five counts of crimes against humanity consisting of murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts allegedly committed during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008.

Further information on this case is available here.

Attending the hearings

  • Journalists wishing to cover the hearings 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 hearings 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).

Please note that given the expected high attendance for these hearings, individuals who have not received a confirmation email in advance cannot be guaranteed access to the hearings.


The hearings can be followed, with a 30-minute delay, 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.

For information on audio-visual materials, please email: [email protected].

Media Centre

For media representatives wishing to use the Court's media facilities, the media centre will open from 08:30 until two hours after the end of the hearing.

The area can sit up to 64 people and includes plasma TV screens; a Wi-Fi internet service; cards (plug + play) for those without Wi-Fi capability in their PC or laptop; 6 computers with internet access; 7 telephones that may be used free of charge for internal calls. For external calls, journalists are advised to purchase 0800 pre-paid phone cards beforehand. Such cards are available at newsagents and train stations. Please note that phone cards cannot be obtained in the vicinity of, or at, the ICC.

Parking facilities

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

SNG trucks

SNG trucks are not allowed to park alongside the ICC building, but should go to the car park 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].

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