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Published December 19, 2013, 12:48 PM

Prosecutor asks to delay Kenyatta war crimes trial

AMSTERDAM (AP) - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has asked judges to delay the start of the war crimes trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

AMSTERDAM (AP) - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has asked judges to delay the start of the war crimes trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement Thursday she needs time to reconsider her case after one key witness decided not to testify and another confessed to giving false evidence "regarding a critical event" in the case.

Bensouda said the remaining evidence is not enough to take the case to trial and she wants to gather more. Judges must rule on whether to grant the adjournment. Kenyatta's trial was to start Feb. 5.

Kenyatta has pleaded innocent to charges including crimes against humanity, murder, rape and forcible population transfer for his alleged role in violence after the 2007 election that left more than 1,000 people dead.


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