Trial Chamber V(b) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has postponed the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta scheduled for February 5 indefinitely.
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).
The African Union and many of its leaders had petetioned against this case feeling strongly that ICC was created to target and intimidate African leaders.