ICC sets trial date for Kenyan president

June 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands, June 20 (UPI) -- The war crimes trial at The Hague for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to begin in November, the International Criminal Court said Thursday.

Kenyatta won the presidential election in Kenya in April. The ICC said he's charged with five counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, as an indirect co-perpetrator in post-election violence in 2007.

The ICC set a July date for the start of the trial but said it agreed to an extension because of delays by the prosecution in disclosing its evidence. The trial for Kenyatta is scheduled to begin Nov. 12, the ICC said.

Two three-judge chambers were established in May for the cases against Kenyatta and Kenyan Vice President William Ruto.

Both men were indicted by the court for allegedly playing a role in the post-election violence that left more than 1,000 Kenyans dead. Kenyatta bested challenger Raila Odinga in the election. Odinga's challenge to election results in 2007 sparked the violence.

A Kenyan truth and reconciliation committee accused both men of planning and financing the post-election violence. Kenyatta and Ruto deny the charges.

The ICC said amnesty does not extend to accused suspects holding political office.

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