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ICC delays Kenyan president's trial to February

The International Criminal Court on Thursday postponed Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's crimes against humanity trial to next year. The court "decided to postpone the trial's commencement in the case against Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta to 5 February 2014," The Hague-based court said in a statement. cjo/dh

President Kenyatta's ICC trial likely delayed

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta's crimes against humanity trial is likely to be delayed until next year after International Criminal Court prosecutors said they did not object to a postponement. "The prosecution acknowledges that there are some grounds for such a change and does not oppose the defence application," said a court document dated Wednesday and published Thursday.

Kenya president sets up name-and-shame anti-graft website

Kenya's presidency on Thursday launched a website allowing users to report corruption directly to the head of state in a bid to tackle rampant graft and improve the country's reputation. "The president is committed to clean government and this site advances his intention to act strongly against corruption," a spokesman for President Uhuru Kenyatta, Manoah Esipisu, said.

Trial of Kenyan president likely to be delayed until next year

AMSTERDAM (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.

Kenya election officials charged over faulty vote count equipment

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The chief executive of Kenya's electoral commission was charged on Wednesday over a $15 million tender for equipment that was meant to prevent vote fraud during March's presidential election but broke down during the count. The new technology was aimed at avoiding the violent disputes that led to 1,200 deaths after the election five years ago. Previous votes in Kenya have also been dogged by "ghost" voters, stuffed ballot boxes and rigging at the final tally.

Prosecutors want Kenyatta at full ICC trial

International Criminal Court prosecutors asked judges Monday to reverse a ruling allowing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend only parts of his trial, after a similar decision involving his deputy was overturned last week. Appeals judges ruled on Friday that Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto must attend his own crimes against humanity trial, saying Ruto could only be excused under "exceptional circumstances." The court on October 18 partially excused Kenyatta to allow him to fulfil his duties at home following a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall last month.

Kenya's leader warns against 'vilifying' security forces

Kenya's president on Saturday warned against attempts to smear the security forces, who have been accused of looting during an Islamist attack on a Nairobi mall last month. "We should not be too quick to vilify our security forces because they work hard for the country's safety sometimes even endangering their lives," Uhuru Kenyatta said. He defended his police chief David Kimaiyo, who earlier this week threatened to arrest journalists after Kenyan media reported on the alleged looting during the four-day siege at the Westgate mall.

Kenya's president requests ICC trial delay

Lawyers for Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday asked for his crimes against humanity trial to be postponed, citing the crisis triggered by a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping centre. "The defence requests the chamber to vacate the 12 November 2013 date for the commencement of trial, and postpone the commencement of trial until at least 12 February 2014," his lawyers said in a document. mbr/cc/lc

ICC says Kenya's Ruto must attend trial

The International Criminal Court ruled on Friday that Kenyan Vice President William Ruto must attend his crimes against humanity trial, as the country's president asked for his own trial to be postponed. The ICC said Ruto could only be excused under "exceptional circumstances," reversing a July ruling that excused him from most of his trial before the Hague court. Judge Sang-Hyun Song said July's ruling had "provided Ruto with a blanket excusal even before the trial commenced, effectively making his absence a general rule and his presence an exception".

Kenyan deputy president must attend his trial, ICC says

By Thomas Escritt and James Macharia THE HAGUE/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto must attend all sessions of his trial at the International Criminal Court unless specifically excused, appeals judges ruled on Friday, putting the court at odds with Kenya and the African Union (AU). Prosecutors promptly requested a similar ruling in the separate case of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who had like Ruto been granted blanket permission to be absent for the bulk of his trial.
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