THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The International Criminal Court has delayed the start of the trial of two prominent Kenyans, including a leading presidential candidate, from April until July after defense lawyers complained of delayed disclosure of evidence and late changes to the prosecution's case.
The delay announced Thursday means that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who is leading in the slow count of votes from Monday's elections in Kenya, now faces a provisional start date of July 9 on charges of organizing violence after the country's disputed 2007 elections.
Kenyatta and Cabinet secretary Francis Muthaura stand accused of crimes against humanity for alleged involvement in the murder, forcible deportation, persecution and rape of supporters of Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the aftermath of the 2007 vote.
Both men deny the charges.
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