Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta need not attend all of his trial on charges of crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court, ICC, has said.
He is only required to be present at certain key parts of the case, a majority of ICC Judges have ruled.
Mr Kenyatta has argued that attending the trial will after his administration of Kenya.
Both Mr Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto deny charges of organizing violence after the 2007 elections.
Friday’s ruling states that the Kenyan President must be present at the opening and closing statements, hearings where ‘victims “present their views and concerns in person”, the verdict and any other sessions determined by the court.
Last week, African leaders led by President Jonathan accused the ICC of unfairly targeting African leaders. The African Union asked the court to delay Mr Kenyatta’s trial.
It will be recalled that Presidents of United States and Britain believed to have been involved in crimes against humanity are never brought to trial by the court.