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Trial of Kenyan President to start in November

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, delivers his speech, during the 50th Madaraka Day celebrations, at the Nyayo National Stadium, in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, June 1, 2013. Madaraka Day commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule from Britain in 1963. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)   | Photo Credit: Khalil Senosi

The International Criminal Court has pushed back the start of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s crimes against humanity trial until November 12.

The court announced the new start date on Thursday. Judges ruled earlier this year that the trial, scheduled to begin on July 9, would start at a later date to give defence lawyers time to prepare.

Mr. Kenyatta is charged as an “indirect co-perpetrator” with murder, deportation, rape, persecution and inhumane acts allegedly committed by his supporters in the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 elections. He insists he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Despite the ICC charges, Mr. Kenyatta won the Kenyan Presidency at the hustings this year.

Earlier this month, the court pushed back the start of the trial of Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto, on similar charges until September 10.

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