AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The trial of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta for crimes against humanity is unlikely to begin until August, international prosecutors said on Tuesday, a delay that would leave him freer to run in the election's second round.
Kenyatta is running neck and neck with Prime Minister Raila Odinga in opinion polls ahead of the March 4 election. A second-round run-off would take place in April.
A former finance minister and the son of the country's founding president, Kenyatta is one of four accused at the International Criminal Court (ICC) of orchestrating tribal fighting that killed 1,200 people after the last vote in 2007.
He has pledged to attend his trial in the Hague.
His defense team says prosecutors have failed to disclose information relevant to the defense in a timely fashion, making it impossible for the trial to start on April 11 as planned.
"The Prosecution recognizes that logistical constraints such as courtroom availability make a trial on 11 April 2013 unlikely," the prosecution said in a filing on Tuesday.
It said it did not object to a "reasonable" adjournment, acknowledging August as a workable target.
ICC judges have not yet agreed to any postponement of the trial.
(Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Additional reporting by James Macharia; Editing by Tom Pfeiffer)
'Worth a thousand words': One 'disgraceful' photo sums up Hillary perfectly
2016 Election Primary Results
Decision Desk HQ New Hampshire Exit Polling Is Out And It's Wild | RedState
Mike Shedlock - Obama Slashes Four Hours Off Definition of "Full-Time" Employment
After Youtube Terminated His Account Twice, Hickok45 Found A New Home
George Soros: Top 10 Reasons He Is Dangerous | Human Events
Open thread: The battle for New Hampshire’s silver medal; Update: Fox calls Trump, Sanders winners