Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenya: ICC Prosecutor Seeks Kenyatta Trial Delay for Lack of Evidence

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Thursday (December 19th) that she no longer has enough evidence to try Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for crimes against humanity, calling for a delay after witnesses pulled out.

Bensouda said she took the "exceptional" decision after a key prosecution witness against Kenyatta said he was no longer willing to testify and another key witness confessed to giving false evidence concerning a "critical event" in the case.

"Having carefully considered my evidence and the impact of the two withdrawals, I have come to the conclusion that currently the case against Mr. Kenyatta does not satisfy the high evidentiary standards required at trial," Bensouda said in a statement. "I therefore need time to complete efforts to obtain additional evidence, and to consider whether such evidence will enable my office to fully meet the evidentiary threshold required at trial."

Kenyatta's trial was scheduled to open February 5th at The Hague.

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