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Kenyatta welcomed after ICC appearance

Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 00:46

Kenya's president is welcomed home after appearing before the International Criminal Court over deadly post-election violence. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived home on Thursday (October 9), a day after appearing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face allegations he orchestrated a wave of deadly post-election violence in 2007. Thousands of Kenyans went to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Thursday, while others lined the streets to welcome home their leader. Kenyatta left the airport while waving to his supporters who followed his convoy, which was expected to take a longer route to his office in order to pass by the well-wishers. He denies charges of acting as an "indirect co-perpetrator" in crimes, including murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts. Prosecutors have accused Kenyan authorities of refusing to hand over bank and phone records, obstructing the case which has faced a series of delays since it was launched five years ago. A defence attorney for Kenyatta has called on judges to throw out the allegations, saying prosecutors had failed to prove their case after five years of investigations. The legal impasse is unprecedented in international law. Judges adjourned the hearings and are expected to make a decision about the trial's future before the end of the year. Kenyatta is the first sitting head of state to answer a summons to the ICC, established 11 years ago to prosecute individuals for serious crimes when domestic courts are unwilling or unable to do so. The case is seen as a major test of the ICC which has secured only two convictions since it was set up.

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Kenyatta welcomed after ICC appearance

Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 00:46