Prosecutors OK Kenya trial delays

2013-02-26 19:48
POLITICAL MARRIAGE: Kenya's Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition politician William Ruto exchange party caps during the signing of a memoranda unifying their parties in Nairobi ahead of the upcoming national elections in March. (AFP)

POLITICAL MARRIAGE: Kenya's Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition politician William Ruto exchange party caps during the signing of a memoranda unifying their parties in Nairobi ahead of the upcoming national elections in March. (AFP)

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The Hague - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court say they do not object to delaying the start of the trials of four prominent Kenyans charged with orchestrating post-election violence in 2007-2008.

Two of the suspects, Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former education minister William Ruto are running mates in next week's presidential elections.

The prosecutors' comment, in written filings posted on the court's website, makes it likely the trials that had been scheduled to start in April will be pushed back until the summer.

Defence lawyers had complained that they had not been given enough time to prepare because prosecutors had not disclosed all their evidence.

Court spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah told The Associated Press on Tuesday that judges have not yet decided whether to delay the trials.

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