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President Kenyatta is expected to be provided with security, but will attend court as an ordinary suspect.
The embassy of the Netherlands in Nairobi, says that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to The Hague to attend the Status Conference would be treated as that of any other head of state on a private visit to an intergovernmental organisation.
According to Stijn Janssen, the first secretary political at the embassy, the Netherlands government acting as the host state under the Rome Statute, facilitates the work of the International Criminal Court with regard to all the cases, including the Kenyan ones.
“His visit to the Netherlands will be treated as a private visit of a head of state to an intergovernmental organisation. H.E. President Kenyatta would be received as any other head of state on a private visit to the Netherlands. In this regard, a state reception is not foreseen,” said Mr Janssen in a statement.
President Kenyatta is however expected to be provided with security, but will attend court as an ordinary suspect.
The ICC Public Affairs Unit told The EastAfrican that during court proceedings before (ICC) judges, President Kenyatta shall be accorded the same respectful treatment as other ICC accused, who are guaranteed fair and impartial proceedings.
The unit further noted that the ICC security, in conjunction with the Dutch authorities when necessary, ensure the safety and security of all persons appearing before the Court as well as all personalities visiting the ICC premises.
However, the unit maintained that matters of President Kenyatta’s presence the Netherlands, is outside of the Court proceedings, are arranged between the Kenyan and Dutch authorities.
– The EastAfrican