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Judges Rule Kenyatta Must Attend Hague Trial Unless Excused

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November 26, 2013 AT 10:57 AM
Kenya's president must request a leave of absence whenever he is unable to attend a session of his trial at the International Criminal Court, judges said on Nov. 26 in a ruling likely to further strain the ICC's relationship with the country. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto face separate charges of crimes against humanity for their alleged role in orchestrating ethnic clashes after the 2007 elections, when more than 1,200 people died. The court is already at odds with Kenya and its African Union allies, who warn that the charges against Kenyatta and Ruto risk destabilizing the entire East African region at a time of a growing threat of violence from Somali Islamist militants.