Ruto in The Hague for ICC Status Conference

Deputy President William Ruto (left) and his wife Rachel Ruto are received by Kenyan ambassador to The Netherlands Makena Muchiri (right) at the Schipol Airport May 13, 2013. Mr Ruto is in The Hague to attend ICC’s status conference May 14, 2013. REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto is in The Hague, Netherlands to attend a status conference at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Mr Ruto left the country Monday night accompanied by his wife Rachel Ruto.

The status conference will start at 5pm Kenyan time with a thirty minute delay.

Attorney General Githu Muigai and Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi are also in Netherlands on a different engagement.

Before his departure, Mr Ruto received President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 10.00pm.

President Kenyatta arrived in the country from a four-day official visit to Cape Town, South Africa.

The President attended the World Economic Forum on Africa whose theme was “Delivering on Africa’s Promise”.

The status conference is expected to discuss Mr Ruto’s request to have his trial moved to November as well as ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request to add five witnesses to their list and modalities of the accused’s participation in the trial.

The other accused is former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang.