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Court to decide whether to suspend Kenyatta trial over "obstructionism"

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court is to decide whether to suspend its trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta because of a lack of cooperation by Kenyan authorities. Judges said they would hold a hearing in the coming weeks on a possible reprimand for Kenya after prosecutors told the court on Wednesday that "pure obstructionism" was wrecking any chance of pursuing Kenyatta on charges that he orchestrated post-election violence six years ago.

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.

Kenyatta trial doomed unless Kenya helps: ICC prosecutors

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court has no realistic chance of successfully prosecuting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in the face of the Nairobi government's "pure obstructionism", prosecutors said on Wednesday. They told the court they needed access to Kenyatta's financial records, which they said might show that he had indirectly paid large sums of money to perpetrators of a wave of post-election violence that swept Kenya six years ago.

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.

'Not enough evidence for Kenyatta trial': ICC prosecutor

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda admitted Thursday she no longer had enough evidence to try Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta for crimes against humanity, calling for a delay after witnesses pulled out. Kenyatta's repeatedly delayed trial on charges of masterminding violence after a 2007 election that left over 1,000 people dead and several hundred thousand displaced is set to start on February 5.

ICC prosecutor seeks Kenyatta trial delay, needs more evidence

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Thursday requested a delay to the trial of Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying she no longer had enough evidence after witnesses withdrew. "Having carefully considered my evidence and the impact of the two withdrawals, I have come to the conclusion that currently the case against Mr. Kenyatta does not satisfy the high evidentiary standards required at trial," Bensouda said in a statement. cjo/dh

ICC prosecutor seeks Kenyatta trial delay, needs more evidence

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Thursday requested a delay to the trial of Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying she no longer had enough evidence after witnesses withdrew. "Having carefully considered my evidence and the impact of the two withdrawals, I have come to the conclusion that currently the case against Mr. Kenyatta does not satisfy the high evidentiary standards required at trial," Bensouda said in a statement.

Africa Focus: Kenyan leader pledges to focus on unity, trade and security during 50 years celebrations

Africa Focus: Kenyan leader pledges to focus on unity, trade and security during 50 years celebrations by Chrispinus Omar and Christine Lagat NAIROBI, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to focus on national unity, regional integration and enhanced security as the East African nation marked 50th birthday in elaborate festivities in various parts on Thursday in Nairobi.

Hague court judges reject Kenyatta's bid to stop trial

By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Judges rejected Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's bid to halt his trial on crimes against humanity, saying his accusations that prosecution witnesses colluded to mislead the court were not serious enough to prejudice proceedings. The decision on Thursday means the trial should go ahead as planned on February 5 and will likely further strain relations between the Hague-based International Criminal Court and the country.

Kenyan president to return disputed media bill to parliament

By Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta plans to send back to parliament a media bill critics say would stunt democracy in an African nation with unusually broad press freedoms. Critics said Kenyatta may have acted out of concern to avoid a confrontation with Kenya's popular and vibrant media and any backlash from the country's aid donors abroad.
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