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Kenya's Ruto to Go On Trial September 10

by VOA News June 03, 2013

The International Criminal Court has set a new trial date for Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, who along with President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing charges of crimes against humanity.

A court statement says Ruto and his co-accused Joshua Arap Sang will go on trial on September 10.

Kenya has put strong pressure on the ICC to drop its cases against the deputy leader and Kenyatta, and have the cases moved to the Kenyan courts.

In a letter last month to the U.N. Security Council, officials argued that violence could break out in Kenya if the two leaders are put on trial at the Hague.

The ICC accuses Kenyatta and Ruto of helping to organize ethnic violence that killed more than 1,100 people following the disputed 2007 presidential election.

Both men have denied the charges. Kenyatta is scheduled to go on trial in July.

Ruto's trial was originally due to begin in April, but was delayed twice while judges sorted out issues with the defense and ICC prosecutors.

Despite the charges, Kenyatta won a first-round victory in Kenya's elections this March with Ruto as his running mate.

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