Press Release: 23 January 2014

Kenyatta case: Trial commencement date vacated; Status conference to be held on 5 February


Situation: The Republic of Kenya
Case: The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

On 23 January 2014, Trial Chamber V(b) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) vacated
the trial commencement date of 5 February 2014 in the case of The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. The Trial Chamber will hold a status conference on Wednesday 5 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.

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 V(b).   

Further information on this case is available here.

Order vacating trial date of 5 February 2014, convening a status conference, and addressing other procedural matters

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].

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