Dec 3, 2014 9:25 AM

ICC judges issue ultimatum in Kenya president case

The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) International Criminal Court judges have ordered prosecutors to indicate within a week whether the trial of Kenya's president can start or if all charges against him should be dropped.

The order issued Wednesday could signal the impending end of the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is charged with involvement in deadly violence that erupted after his country's 2007 presidential elections.

Prosecutors have, in the past, acknowledged that their evidence is not strong enough to proceed to trial and have accused Kenyan authorities of failing to cooperate with their investigations.

Kenyatta is charged as an "indirect co-perpetrator" with murder, deportation, rape, persecution and inhumane acts allegedly carried out during violence that left more than 1,000 people dead after the 2007 election. Kenyatta insists he is innocent.


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