In Summary
  • Judge Eboe-Osuji presided over the case against Mr Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang.

  • He takes over from Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi whose term has expired.

  • Mr Eboe-Osuji is among the faces of the court besides chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and her predecessor Luis Moreno Ocampo.

Two International Criminal Court judges who sat in the post-election violence case against Deputy President William Ruto, have been elected to head the court.

During a plenary of the Hague-based court’s judges on Sunday, Nigeria’s Chile Eboe-Osuji was elected president of the ICC for a three-year term while Czech’s Robert Fremr got the position of first vice president.

Judge Eboe-Osuji who presided over the case against Mr Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang, takes over from Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi whose term has expired.

When it comes to matters ICC in Kenya, Mr Eboe-Osuji is among the faces of the court besides chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and her predecessor Luis Moreno Ocampo.

In 2014, the judge, who speaks with a deep, authoritative voice, pulled out of President Kenyatta’s post-election violence case.

He is on the record for reprimanding Kenyan politicians in their clamour against the cases after President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto came to power in 2013. All cases were terminated due to lack of incriminating evidence.

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