The Hague - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on
Friday postponed the trial of Kenyan vice-presidential hopeful William Ruto on
charges of crimes against humanity until 28 May to give his lawyers more time
Ruto, 46, faces three counts of crimes against humanity
for his role in the deadly violence that erupted in Kenya after the last
elections in 2007.
"The chamber considers that it is important to
ensure that the accused have adequate time for the preparation of the
defence," ICC judges said in a statement.
Lawyers for ex-minister Ruto, Kenyan presidential
frontrunner Uhuru Kenyatta's running mate in Monday's election, last month
asked judges to postpone his trial.
They accused the prosecution of delaying the disclosure
of a significant part of the evidence.
Ruto will go on trial with his co-accused, radio boss
Joshua arap Sang.
Some 1 100 people died in the bloodshed after the last
elections over allegations of vote rigging, shattering Kenya's image as a
beacon of regional stability.
Judges on Thursday postponed Kenyatta's own trial for
crimes against humanity over the violence until 9 July.