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ICC vacates President Uhuru’s trial date

uhuru kenyatta1International Criminal Court Judges have put off the trial of President Kenyatta indefinitely pending the outcome of a status conference that has been set for February 5.

The Trial Chamber will hold a status conference on Wednesday 5th of February 2014 to address the issues raised by the parties and participants in relation to the Prosecution request for a 3-month adjournment.

“On 12 December 2013, the ICC Prosecutor filed a notification of the removal of a witness from the prosecution’s witness list and application for an adjournment of the provisional trial date, to which the defence and the legal representatives of victims subsequently replied in writing,” the ICC said in a statement.

Mr Kenyatta is charged, as an indirect co-perpetrator, with five counts of crimes against humanity consisting of murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts allegedly committed during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008.

Charges were confirmed on 23 January 2012, and the case was committed to trial before Trial Chamber.

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