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ICC Adjourns Ruto Case Amid Kenya Mall Shooting

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto awaits tje start of trial, courtroom of the International Criminal Court. Sept. 10, 2013.
Judges at the International Criminal Court are allowing Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto to return home for one week so he can deal with the deadly militant attack on a Nairobi shopping mall.

The court said Monday it is adjourning his trial for crimes against humanity in light of the circumstances in Kenya.

His lawyers filed a request Sunday evening, in which they said that the deputy leader is needed at home to take part in security briefings and consultations.

Ruto went on trial September 10 in The Hague on charges he allegedly orchestrated ethnic violence after Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential election. Both he and his co-defendant, radio executive Joshua Sang, have pleaded not guilty.

At least 68 people were killed and dozens wounded during an attack by Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall that began Saturday.