Kenyatta arrives at the ICC

2014-10-08 12:31
Uhuru Kenyatta (File: AFP)

Uhuru Kenyatta (File: AFP)

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The Hague - Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta arrived at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, where he is to become the first sitting president to appear.

Kenyatta, who handed power to his deputy before flying to The Hague, has been summoned to answer questions about his floundering trial on charges of crimes against humanity for allegedly masterminding post-election violence in 2007-2008.

There were chaotic scenes as Kenyatta, wearing a charcoal suit and white shirt, fought his way into the heavily-guarded ICC without addressing his supporters or the press.

The powerful east African leader is to be heard after judges said the case against him was at a "critical juncture".

The "status conference" hearing was called following the prosecution's claims that the Kenyan government was withholding evidence against Kenyatta - claims rejected by the defence.

The repeatedly-delayed case has seen at least seven prosecution witnesses drop out, allegedly through bribes and intimidation.

Judges could decide to send the case to trial or to abandon it after the prosecution said it did not have enough evidence.

A handful of demonstrators sang and danced outside the ICC ahead of his arrival, many of them dressed in Kenyan colours and carrying banners in support of Kenyatta.

One large banner read: "Hands off our prez, he is innocent."

"We had to come today because of course he is innocent, he never participated in any killings," said Paul Kobia, 46 from Nairobi.

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