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Kenya denies obstructing case against its president

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Kenya's most senior government lawyer rejected claims on Thursday it was obstructing the International Criminal Court's investigation into crimes against humanity allegedly committed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Prosecutors say Kenya's government has hindered access to bank and telephone records which they consider essential to secure a conviction on charges that Kenyatta orchestrated violence that swept Kenya after elections in 2007.

Kenyan denies obstructing case against its president

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Kenya's most senior government lawyer rejected claims on Thursday it was obstructing the International Criminal Court's investigation into crimes against humanity allegedly committed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Prosecutors say Kenya's government has hindered access to bank and telephone records which they consider essential to secure a conviction on charges that Kenyatta orchestrated violence that swept Kenya after elections in 2007.

Kenya denies not cooperating with ICC case against president

Kenya's attorney general on Thursday rejected accusations that Nairobi had failed to cooperate with International Criminal Court prosecutors' crimes against humanity case against President Uhuru Kenyatta. "The impression has been created in this court and elsewhere that Kenya has not at any time extended cooperation," Attorney General Githu Muigai told a conference hearing on the troubled case at The Hague-based ICC. "Nothing could be further from the truth," he said.

Kenya president says will not allow radicalization in places of worship

By Drazen Jorgic and Joseph Akwiri NAIROBI/MOMBASA (Reuters) - Kenya's president said he would not allow places of worship to be used to radicalize young people, in the wake of a police raid on a mosque in the port of Mombasa that triggered renewed clashes with Muslim protesters on Friday. Armed officers swooped on the Masjid Mussa mosque over the weekend, saying they had a tip-off youths were being trained there for militant attacks.

Kenyatta case has 'collapsed', defence tells ICC

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's defence team said Wednesday his crimes against humanity case before the International Criminal Court "has collapsed", as judges considered dropping the high-profile trial. "The prosecution has realised that its case has collapsed," lawyer Steven Kay told judges in The Hague, where Kenyatta faces charges for his role in the deadly 2007-08 post-poll violence that rocked the east African country. The ICC last month postponed Kenyatta's trial after prosecutors said they no longer had enough evidence to put him in the dock.

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.

Athletics: Kenyan First Lady to run for charity at London marathon

Margaret Kenyatta, the wife of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta will compete in the London marathon in April in a bid to raise money for local charity, her office said. The Kenyan First Lady will join other celebrities in the April 13 race to create awareness on health issues facing Kenyan women and children. To prepare for the event, Mrs Kenyatta has been training near her residence at State House in Nairobi, with former London marathon winner, Douglas Wakiihuri taking her through the paces.

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.
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