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ICC Prosecutor Seeks Halt to Kenyan President's Trial

President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta during the African Union Summit, Nairobi, Sept. 2, 2014.
President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta during the African Union Summit, Nairobi, Sept. 2, 2014.
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The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has asked judges to adjourn the trial of Kenya's president indefinitely, due to a lack of cooperation from the Kenyan government.

In a request to the court filed Friday, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her office lacks the evidence to prove the charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is accused of masterminding deadly post-election violence in 2008.

Bensouda said her office would normally withdraw the charges but that such a move would be "inappropriate" because of Kenyatta's position and the Kenyan government's failure to provide documents requested by prosecutors.

The Kenyan leader's trial has been postponed repeatedly amid complaints from prosecutors that Kenya is hampering efforts to obtain evidence.

Kenyatta is facing charges of crimes against humanity, including counts of murder, rape and forcible transfer. Prosecutors say he helped to organize a campaign of ethnic violence after Kenya's disputed presidential election in December 2007.

More than 1,100 people were killed in the violence, with hundreds of thousands more displaced from their homes.

Kenyatta has denied any wrongdoing. Despite the charges, he was elected president in March 2013.

Deputy President William Ruto is currently on trial at the Hague for similar charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

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by: John M from: Kenya
September 18, 2014 12:27 PM
The case against Uhuru Kenyatta is over. Postponing the case indefinetly as the prosecutor is requesting will mean denial of justice to the accused. But we expected the case to collapse since Uhuru was not involved at all.

by: Hedd Thomas from: South Sudan
September 06, 2014 7:47 AM
The ICC is desperately seeking a fig leaf with which to hide the ICC's own failure and incompetence. Every rational person in East Africa knows Kenyatta is innocent, or at least not sufficiently guilty to warrant punishment. The ICC has failed to build a case simply due to the absence of a good case. The initial evidence against Kenyatta was manufactured by his political enemies in cahoots with western nations who misunderstand Africa. Why is it that Europe and America consistently get into bad relationships in Africa? Because they are ill advised by the naive ambassadors and diplomats they employ in this continent, then end up working against those whom they should be assisting.

by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
September 06, 2014 12:45 AM
Mamma Fatou Bensouda, how dare you demand Mr. Kenyatta to incriminate himself. ICC's chief prosecutor has the responsibility to provide evidences beyond reasonable doubt before the court. If these evidences are not available or unattainable , then the prosecutor must withdraw the case.

by: wilson gathogo from: kenya
September 05, 2014 12:01 PM
the case was politicaly based.

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