Judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague adjourned the trial of the Kenyan Vice President, William Ruto, for a week to allow him to return home to deal with the hostage crisis.
Mr Ruto and Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, face charges of crimes against humanity in connection with a wave of violence that swept Kenya in the aftermath of the disputed 2007 elections.
The court’s unusually swift decision was taken during an emergency session after prosecutors said they had no objection to a short delay in proceedings. “In light of the circumstances and the views heard so far, the chamber decided to excuse Mr Ruto from the proceedings,” said presiding judge Chile Eboe-Osuji. “For the moment the excusal is for a period of one week only.”
British boy freed after telling jihadist: 'You're a bad man'
Hero ex-Marine re-entered mall 12 times to save 100 people
The victims came from around the world. So did their killers
Was wife of 7/7 bomber among attackers?
'All hostages freed' as Kenyan soldiers take control of mall
Kenyans are more united in tragedy’s aftermath
The victims: The architect and his pregnant wife
Video: Amateur footage from Kenya shopping mall attack
Ian Birrell: How to fight al-Shabaab