Kenyan president ordered to attend ICC trial

Uhuru Kenyatta instructed to attend hearing at the Hague on October 8 over case relating to post-poll violence in 2007.

Kenyatta has been charged with fives counts of crimes against humanity [EPA]

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ordered Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend a hearing over how to proceed with his stalled trial for crimes against humanity. 

Kenyatta and other senior officials are accused of orchestrating a wave of violence in which 1,200 people died after contested 2007 elections. He denies the charge. 

Two weeks ago, prosecutors asked for the case against him to be adjourned indefinitely, saying they did not have enough evidence because of obstruction by the Kenyan government. 

The court said Kenyatta had been ordered to attend a hearing on October 8. 

The collapse of the case was a severe blow for the Hague-based court, the first permanent war crimes tribunal. 

Kenyatta has been charged with five counts of crimes against humanity consisting of murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts.

Source: News Agencies