ICC Prosecutor Says Kenya Refuses to Assist in President’s Trial

International Criminal Court prosecutors have reached a “deadlock” in collecting possible evidence from the Kenyan government to support charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta, lawyer Benjamin Gumpert said.

The government hasn’t complied with requests from ICC prosecutors for potential evidence, including Kenyatta’s tax returns and bank statements, Gumpert said today at status conference. The start of Kenyatta’s trial on crimes against humanity charges has been delayed several times after the prosecution said its case collapsed as witnesses recanted their testimony and were intimidated to pull out.

The East African government will consider more specific requests for information, Kenyan Attorney-General Githu Muigai said today at the hearing. The “fairly huge bureaucracy” needs adequate time to fulfill the demands, Muigai said.

The ICC accuses Kenyatta of being an indirect co-perpetrator of crimes, including murder and rape, that were committed following a disputed election in 2007-08 that left more than 1,100 people dead. He denies the charges.

Kenyatta left today for the court to attend the second day of the hearing tomorrow. He said yesterday that he would appear at the ICC in a personal capacity and invoked his constitutional power to appoint Deputy President William Ruto as acting president during his absence from Kenya. Kenyatta said he hasn’t interfered with the investigation.

Ruto’s trial has already began at the ICC, where he also faces crimes against humanity charges linked to the 2007-08 post-election ethnic clashes. Ruto says he’s innocent.

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