#AceNewsServices – AMSTERDAM – October 07 – International prosecutors accused the Kenyan government on Tuesday of failing to hand over phone and bank records they said would help them show President Uhuru Kenyatta paid collaborators to take part in post-election violence in 2007.
‘ President Uhuru Kenyatta ‘
Kenyatta denies charges of co-orchestrating the wave of violence in which 1,200 people were killed and a government representative dismissed the prosecutors’ allegations. Kenyatta’s lawyers have argued that the requests were a cover for a lack of evidence.
Both sides were speaking at a hearing of the International Criminal Court to decide whether the Hague-based court should drop the case against Kenyatta or agree to a prosecution request to delay it pending the handover of the requested evidence.
Kenyatta is expected to attend proceedings on Wednesday, becoming the first sitting head of state to do so.
The case is a major test for the 11-year-old court, which has had a string of collapsed cases and been accused of singling out Africans for prosecution.