Kenyan president to go to Hague court in personal capacity

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 06, 2014 9:43 AM

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday he would attend a hearing at the International Criminal Court, the first sitting world leader to appear in The Hague-based court, although he said he would be going in a personal capacity.

Kenyatta told parliament he would appoint his deputy, William Ruto, as acting president in his absence to avoid putting the "sovereignty of more than 40 million Kenyans on trial" and would not attend in his position as head of state.

Kenyatta faces charges of orchestrating ethnic killings after the contested 2007 election. Those charges could be dismissed at the hearing after the prosecution asked for the case to be adjourned because it did not have enough evidence.

(Reporting by George Obulutsa and Duncan Miriri; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Toby Chopra)