Kenya’s Ruto, Sang Seek Delay in International Court Hearing, Nation Says

Two Kenyans asked the International Criminal Court for a postponement in their pre-trial hearing on charges of crimes against humanity, the Daily Nation said, citing their lawyer.

Kenyan lawmaker William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang yesterday filed an application at the Hague-based court for a six-week extension to mid-October, giving them time to prepare their case, the Nairobi-based newspaper reported today, citing Katwa Kigen.

The defendants, along with legislator Henry Kosgey, are due in court between Sept. 1 and Sept. 20 for a hearing to decide whether they will stand trial for suspected involvement in the country’s post election violence in 2008, the newspaper said. A second case involving Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and two other senior government officials is scheduled to run from Sept. 21 to Oct. 11, it said.

An estimated 1,500 people died and 300,000 were displaced in clashes ignited by a disputed December 2007 presidential election in East Africa’s largest economy.

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