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ICC postpones trial of Kenya vice president

The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday postponed the trial [press release] of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] and journalist Joshua Arap Sang. The trial was previously postponed [JURIST report] and was scheduled to begin May 28. A new trial date will be set after the status conference on May 14. The prosecution is seeking to add five witnesses, and the defense is requesting to vacate the trial date. The court will consider these issues and decide several procedural matters at the status conference.

Ruto and Sang are facing trial for their roles in fomenting violence following the 2007 Kenyan presidential election. Also facing trial is Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [ICC materials]. Kenyatta and Ruto were elected in March and sworn in [JURIST reports] last month. Kenyatta's trial has also been postponed [JURIST report], and is set to begin on July 9.

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