Judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague have adjourned the trial of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto for a week to allow him to return home and deal with the hostage crisis.
Ruto is charged with crimes against humanity for allegedly coordinating violence in the aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 presidential election.
“It is because of the Somali problem that Kenya is engaged in that these terrorist attacks have been waged on Kenya,” said Ruto as he left the court. “We hope that some people will begin to contextualise what is going on and begin to appreciate the challenges that Kenya is going through, the region is going through and the complications that are brought by what is going on here.”
Forty-six year old Ruto is Kenya’s first high-ranking dignitary currently in office to face trial at the ICC. He has pleaded not guilty of the charges laid against him.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to face trial on similar accusations later this year.