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ICC postpones Kenyan president’s war crimes trial

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-06-20

The International Criminal Court ruled on Thursday to postpone Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s war crimes trial until November 12, after his lawyers requested additional time to prepare his defence.

The International Criminal Court on Thursday postponed until November 12 Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's crimes against humanity trial in connection with deadly post-election violence.

"Today, the Trial Chamber... set a new date for the commencement of the trial of Mr Uhuru Kenyatta. The trial is now scheduled to commence on November 12," the Hague-based ICC said in a statement. Kenyatta's trial had been set to start on July 9.

Judges postponed the case after agreeing with Kenyatta's lawyers in April that they needed more time to prepare because of delays by the prosecution in disclosing evidence.

Kenyatta, 51, faces five counts of crimes against humanity including murder, rape and forcible transfer for his role in the unrest which ripped through Kenya after disputed election results in late 2007.

Some 1,100 people died in the bloodshed after allegations of vote rigging, shattering Kenya's image as a beacon of regional stability.

What began as riots quickly turned into ethnic killings and reprisal attacks, plunging Kenya into its worst wave of violence since independence from Britain in 1963.

A fellow accused, Joshua Arap Sang, and Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto are to go on trial on September 10, also facing crimes against humanity charges.

(AFP)

Date created : 2013-06-20

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