The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has been postponed indefinitely.
Ruto, along with former radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang, were set to stand trial for crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in the violence that broke out following the Kenyan presidential election in 2007.
According to an ICC statement: "Today, 6 May 2013, Trial Chamber V of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to provisionally vacate the date of the trial’s start in the case of The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang and conveyed a public status conference on 14 May 2013. The trial in the case against Mr Ruto and Mr Sang was initially scheduled to start on 28 May. A new date for the trial’s opening will be scheduled after hearing the parties and participants’ observations during the status conference.
During the public status conference on 14 May 2013, the parties and participants will present their observations on the Prosecutor’s request to add five witnesses to the list of witnesses and the Defence’s request to vacate the trial date. The Chamber will also hold non-public ex parte status conferences with the Prosecution on 7 May 2013 and with the Defence on 14 May 2013, to discuss these issues and other procedural matters."
The delay comes after the prosecution added five more witnesses to their case, and Ruto’s team asked for a delay. The court will hold a closed door session on 7 May 2013 to discuss the delay in the case.
A separate case against Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta, which was scheduled for June, is set to take place in July this year. Kenyatta also faces charges of crimes against humanity for his role in the violence which had a final death toll of 1133 people and left many thousands displaced.