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Trial of Kenyan President Likely to be Delayed Until Next Year

[Reuters]

Kenya's President Kenyatta, accompanied by his wife Margaret, attends Mashujaa Day at the Nyayo National Stadium in capital Nairobi

(Reuters) – The trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on charges of crimes against humanity is unlikely to start next month as planned, after prosecutors said on Tuesday they did not object to a delay.

Fellow African leaders have urged Kenyatta not to attend the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which they accuse of unfairly targeting Africans and of violating Kenyan sovereignty.

Kenyatta stands accused of orchestrating a wave of violence after 2007 elections in which some 1,200 died. His deputy William Ruto, a former political rival, faces similar charges. Ruto’s trial began last month.

The case is seen as a test of the credibility of the decade-old court, which must tread a fine line in making its writ run without fuelling calls for Kenya to repudiate the court.

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