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Kenya's president seeks to halt his ICC trial before it starts, alleging abuses of process

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, center left, arrives for the burial ceremony of his nephew Mbugua Mwangi and Mwangi's fiancee Rosemary Wahito, who were both killed in the Westgate Mall terrorist attack, at the burial site in the village of Ichawara, Kenya. Kenya's foreign minister Amina Mohamed said at a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 that no sitting president in the world has had to appear before a court, a statement that comes as Kenya appears to be laying the groundwork to avoid having President Uhuru Kenyatta appear at the International Criminal Court next month. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, center left, arrives for the burial ceremony of his nephew Mbugua Mwangi and Mwangi's fiancee Rosemary Wahito, who were both killed in the Westgate Mall terrorist attack, at the burial site in the village of Ichawara, Kenya. Kenya's foreign minister Amina Mohamed said at a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 that no sitting president in the world has had to appear before a court, a statement that comes as Kenya appears to be laying the groundwork to avoid having President Uhuru Kenyatta appear at the International Criminal Court next month. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)  (The Associated Press)

Kenya's president is seeking to halt his International Criminal Court trial before it starts, claiming that corrupt witnesses and intermediaries for the prosecution make a fair trial impossible.

In a written request filed Thursday, Uhuru Kenyatta asks the court to permanently end the case against him because "the prosecution is presiding over an utterly corrupt and dishonest case."

He is due to go on trial Nov. 12 for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during violence that raged after Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential elections.

Kenyatta, who was elected president at elections earlier this year, denies the charge, and his lawyers have repeatedly claimed that the prosecution case against him is based on false testimony.

Prosecutors are expected to respond in writing, and the court could order a hearing into the claims.