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Kenya lawyer backs president at Hague trial

Updated Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 | 8:12 a.m.

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Kenya's government has told the international court hearing President Uhuru Kenyatta's crimes against humanity case that it cannot turn over information about his finances without a court order.

In a special guest appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands on Thursday, Kenya's attorney general, Githu Muigai, said it would violate Kenya's constitution to release the information demanded by prosecutors as crucial to their case.

Judges are weighing whether to allow Kenyatta's case to go to trial after Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda acknowledged she lacks evidence to convict him. She accuses Kenya's government — under Kenyatta —of obstruction.

Kenyatta has pleaded innocent to charges including murder, forcible population transfer and persecution, for his alleged role in organizing violence that left more than 1,000 people dead after Kenya's 2007 elections.