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Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta: ICC case delayed

This picture taken on August 8, 2011 shows Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Uhuru Kenyatta has always said he would co-operate with the ICC

The trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court has been delayed following last month's terror attack in Nairobi.

His trial was due to begin on 12 November but it has been put back until 5 February.

His lawyers said he needed more time to deal with the aftermath of the attack on the Westgate shopping centre.

He denies links to violent attacks following the disputed 2007 election, which left some 1,200 people dead.

African leaders have been lobbying for the case to be delayed until Mr Kenyatta is no longer in office, saying the trial would make it impossible for him to run the country.

The African Union has accused the ICC of unfairly targeting the continent's leaders.

At least 67 people were killed when militants believed to be from the Somali al-Shabab group stormed the Westgate mall last month.

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