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Kenyan loses bid to defy international court arrest

A Kenyan ex-journalist accused of witness intimidation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) has lost his bid to defy an arrest warrant issued for him, a judge ruled Friday. The Hague-based ICC last year issued a warrant for the arrest of Walter Barasa for allegedly trying to bribe witnesses to drop their testimony in the crimes against humanity trial of Deputy President William Ruto. But Barasa, who denies all allegations, challenged the issuing of the warrant in a Kenyan court. The ICC warrant must first pass before a Kenyan judge before it is acted upon.

Kenyan suspect fails to block ICC arrest warrant

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan journalist wanted by the International Criminal Court for trying to bribe witnesses in the prosecution of deputy president William Ruto failed in his bid to block an arrest warrant issued by the tribunal, a court ruled on Friday. The arrest warrant will test the Kenyan government's stated commitment to cooperate with the ICC. Nairobi has in the past rallied African support against the court, which has until now charged only Africans.

Kenyan rhino killed in brazen attack despite new laws

Poachers have slaughtered a rhino in the Kenyan capital's national park, officials said Sunday, a brazen attack flouting tough new laws designed to stem a surge of such killings. Amid a wave of rhino and elephant killings across the country, the shooting of the rhino in the heavily guarded Nairobi park -- the headquarters of the government's Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) -- illustrates how easily poachers are decimating the country's large animals.

Kenyan rhino killed in brazen attack despite new laws

Poachers have slaughtered a rhino in the Kenyan capital's national park, officials said Sunday, as the brazen attack came despite tough new laws designed to stem a surge of such killings. Amid a wave of rhino and elephant killings across the country, the shooting of the rhino in the heavily guarded Nairobi park --the headquarters of the government's Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)-- illustrates how easily poachers are decimating the country's large animals.

Kenya orders audit to stamp out public payroll fraud

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's president on Thursday ordered an audit of the public sector payroll to end the practice of corrupt officials claiming salaries on behalf of "ghost employees" - workers who have died, retired or deserted their duties. Uhuru Kenyatta announced after his election in March that he would make reducing Kenya's ballooning public sector wage bill a priority, saying it was "unsustainable" and weighing on the national budget.

Hague court delays start of Kenyan president's trial

By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday scrapped a planned February 5 start date for the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta after prosecutors asked for more time to strengthen their case. Kenyatta is accused of orchestrating ethnic violence that swept Kenya after elections in 2007 in which about 1,200 people were killed, but the case against him has been weakened by several key prosecution witnesses withdrawing their testimony.

ICC postpones Kenyatta trial opening

The International Criminal Court on Thursday postponed the opening date of the crimes against humanity trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the request of the prosecutors. The Hague-based court's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked for a three-month postponement after saying last month she no longer had enough evidence to put Kenyatta on trial for crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the aftermath of the east African country's disputed elections in 2007-8.

ICC postpones Kenyatta trial opening

The International Criminal Court on Thursday postponed the opening date of the crimes against humanity trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta after prosecutors asked for a delay. The "trial chamber vacated the trial commencement date of 5 February 2014," The Hague-based court said in a statement, adding that a hearing would be held instead to discuss the prosecution's request for a three-month postponement. jhe/mfp

ICC postpones Kenyatta trial opening

The International Criminal Court on Thursday postponed the opening date of the crimes against humanity trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta after prosecutors asked for a delay. The "trial chamber vacated the trial commencement date of 5 February 2014," The Hague-based court said in a statement, adding that a hearing would be held instead to discuss the prosecution's request for a three-month postponement. jhe/mfp

Kenyan vice president excused from parts of ICC trial

Kenyan Vice President William Ruto is not required to be present for his entire trial for crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court ruled Wednesday. "The Chamber hereby conditionally excuses Mr Ruto from continuous presence at trial," said ICC judge Chile Eboe-Osuji at the court based in The Hague. Ruto became the highest-ranking serving official to go on trial before the ICC in September 2013 on charges of masterminding some of the 2007-08 post-election violence in Kenya that claimed more than 1,000 lives and displaced several hundred thousand people.
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