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ICC rejects moving Ruto's trial to Africa

Kenyan deputy president Ruto is accused of orchestrating violence after 2007 elections that left 1,200 people dead.

Last Modified: 15 Jul 2013 20:05
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William Ruto insists he is innocent and is due to go on trial in The Hague from September 10 [AP]

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto's trial on charges of crimes against humanity will be opened in The Hague, after judges turned down his request to hold his trial in Kenya or Tanzania.

"While in principle in favour of bringing the ICC's proceedings closer to the affected communities, concluded that the proceedings in this instance shall be held at the ICC's headquarters," the International Criminal Court said on Monday

The judges had considered factors including cost and security, the court said in a statement.

Deputy President William Ruto had asked that his trial be held closer to home. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has made a similar request, on which judges have not yet ruled. Kenyatta and Ruto are accused of orchestrating violence following elections five years ago, in which 1,200 people died. Both deny the charges.

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