ICC Judge opts out of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case


Judge Eboe-Osuji sits in courtroom before trial against Kenya's Deputy President Ruto and arap Sang at International Criminal Court in The HagueKenya: The International Criminal Court  Judge Geoffrey A. Henderson has replaced Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji on the bench at the Trial Chamber V(b) in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The ICC Presidency said the decision followed Osuji’s request. “On 30 January 2014, the Presidency of the International Criminal Court ( ICC) decided to reconstitute Trial Chamber V(b) in the case The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, following the request of Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji. As of 1 February 2014, Judge Geoffrey A. Henderson will replace Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji on the bench”, read the statement sent to newsrooms.

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Trial Chamber V(b) will hence be composed of Judge Kuniko Ozaki, Judge Robert Fremr and Judge Geoffrey A. Henderson. Henderson was elected during the twelfth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (ASP) in November 2013 for a term that will run until 10 March 2021.

He was sworn in on 12 December 2013 at a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague (Netherlands). President Kenyatta is facing crimes against humanity charges following the 2007/2008 post election violence. He has been charged alongside his deputy William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang.

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