The Republic of Kenya
The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta
Today, 31 October 2013, Trial Chamber V(b) of the
International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to postpone the trial’s commencement
in the case against Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta to 5 February 2014.
The Chamber noted that both the Defence and the
Prosecutor are in agreement on postponing the trial date until February 2014.
On 24 October 2013, Mr Kenyatta’s Defence had requested the Chamber to vacate
the initial date of 12 November 2013. The Prosecution accepted that certain
factual matters raised by the Defence merited further investigation and
submitted that additional time would allow it to present its evidence, namely
witnesses’ testimony, in a logical and coherent sequence.
Noting the interest of justice, the fairness and
expeditiousness of the proceedings and, in particular, victims and witnesses,
the Chamber expressed its deep regret that repeated adjournments of the trial
have been necessary because one or both parties have required more time to
prepare. The Chamber urged both parties to accelerate their preparation in
order to ensure that no further postponements are required.
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 ultimately committed to trial before Trial
the context of the Kenyan situation, two other cases are currently before the
ICC: The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang,
and The Prosecutor v. Walter Osapiri Barasa.
International Criminal Court is an independent, permanent court that tries
persons accused of the most serious crimes of concern to the international
community as a whole, namely the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity,
war crimes and the crime of aggression.
adjourning the commencement of trial
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