THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The International Criminal Court has overturned a decision excusing Kenya's deputy president from attending his trial on charges of orchestrating deadly violence after his country's 2007 election.
The decision Friday by appeals judges means William Ruto must appear at his trial, but can still be excused by judges on a "case by case" basis.
The ruling could deepen tensions between the court and African leaders who accuse it of unfairly targeting their continent. It could also set a precedent for Kenya's president, whose trial on similar charges is scheduled to start next month.
Appeals judges reversed a ruling by trial judges earlier this year that allowed Ruto to miss most of his trial. Prosecutors appealed and Ruto has, so far, attended much of his case.