ICC postpones trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to postpone the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to February next year.

The Kenyan leader was originally scheduled to appear before the ICC, based in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 12 November to face charges related to the post election violence in 2007 and 2008.

He is charged, as an indirect co-perpetrator, with five counts of crimes against humanity consisting of murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts.

The ICC's Trial Chamber points out that both the Defence and the Prosecutor are in agreement on postponing the trial date until February 2014.

It says the Prosecution accepted that certain factual matters raised by the Defence merited further investigation and that additional time would allow it to present its evidence in a logical and coherent sequence.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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