ICC delays start of Kenya presidential contender Kenyatta's trial

AMSTERDAM, March 7 (Reuters) - Judges at the International Criminal Court have agreed to the delay until July 9 the start of Kenyan presidential contender Uhuru Kenyatta's trial for crimes against humanity, to give defence lawyers more time to prepare.

Judges noted that the prosecution had not objected to the delay, which lawyers for Kenyatta and his co-defendant Francis Muthaura requested, saying the prosecution had been late disclosing evidence that they needed to build a defence.

The trial had been due to start on April 11, potentially coinciding with campaigning for a second round of Kenya's presidential election. In the first round on Monday, Kenyatta emerged ahead of his rival Raila Odinga on the basis of a partial count, which is being challenged in Kenyan courts. (Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Mark Heinrich)