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Ruto requests ICC trial adjournment to deal with attack

22 September 2013, 15:32

Amsterdam - Lawyers for deputy president William Ruto asked judges to adjourn his International Criminal Court (ICC) trial to allow him to return home to deal with the armed attack on the Westgate shopping mall, according to a court filing.

In the filing, lawyers say Ruto was needed at home to help with security briefings and consultations. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto are voluntarily complying with court summonses, but have previously asked to be excused from attending every session in view of the responsibilities attached to the high offices they both hold.

"Mr Ruto ... is required to return to Kenya to discharge his ordinary constitutional duties," lawyers wrote in the filing. "Thereafter, Mr Ruto will be required to deal with the aftermath of such a traumatic and tragic event for Kenya."

Gunmen from a Somali Islamist group burst into Nairobi's upmarket Westgate shopping mall on Saturday, killing shoppers and taking hostages. They have since been locked in a tense stand-off with security forces.

- Reuters


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