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ICC confirms charges against 4 top Kenyans

2012-01-23 13:15

The Hague - Two leading Kenyan presidential candidates are among four officials the International Criminal Court ruled on Monday should face trial over deadly post-election violence four years ago.

"After having thoroughly examined all the evidence presented by the prosecution, the chamber decided to confirm the charges against four of the six suspects," ICC presiding judge Ekaterina Trendafilova said.

"The chamber found that there are substantial grounds to believe Mr [William] Ruto is responsible as an indirect perpetrator of the crimes," she said before a public hearing held in The Hague.

She also said charges against Uhuru Kenyatta, finance minister and son of Kenya's founding president, had been confirmed.

Both Ruto and Kenyatta were seen as leading challengers to Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the next presidential election, which is due to be held by March 2013 at the latest.

Comments
  • J.p. - 2012-01-23 14:27

    How come that it is only African leaders that are summoned by the ICC? Is Jintao, president of China and Sang of Vietnam not also quilty of a crime against nature and humanity because they are doing sweet blue nothing about the illegal use of rhino horn, the sale of shark fins, ivory and abalone in their countries? Hundreds of people in Africa have died at the hand of poachers or in poaching related incidents. Should they not be called to order by the ICC or are they too non-African? Hundreds of people have been killed by poachers

      Loyiso - 2012-01-23 14:48

      add to that them Nato gangsters, George Bush, Tony Blair and Obama!

      emma.bonvalotnoirot - 2012-01-23 15:00

      Wildways and Loyiso, I really do agree with you both. Unfortunately, China and the USA are not members of the ICC... other channels have to be found in order to charge them.

  • Bibi - 2012-01-23 15:22

    This has nothing to do with being Afican/non African. They are paying for their sins. Thousands died and many thousands are still displaced because of their evil ways.

      J.p. - 2012-01-23 15:32

      Bibi, I am a seventh generation white African that is concerned about selective justice. We can also argue that the devastation of this continent and hardships of its people is 'cruel justice', but I can assure you that there are millions in Africa for whom I have the greatest respect. I have travelled by road as far north as Uganda and I can assure you that Africa's people are friendly and kind. I have never picked up any trouble because I treat people with respect and judging people because they are going hell-bent under certain leaders cannot be justified. The CIA, old USSR and China are key role players in the misery of Africa's people. Who do you think should be kept responsible for the millions of AK 47s that were dumped on this continent? I wonder how "INTERNATIONAL" the ICC is.

      Bibi - 2012-01-23 20:06

      Wildways: I am with you all the way. I currently live in Kenya (my 4th African country besides my home South Afica) and I was only speaking for Kenya. Point is; they are according to 90% of Kenyans guilty but here in Kenya they are untouchable. They are dollar millionares, mostly by selling government land (this is another case pending) to foreign developers. the saddest of it all, is that they will get voted into parliament again. Because Africans are just accepting of their fate.

  • lmarima - 2012-01-23 15:37

    It is clear that ICC is racist as they only target black people in particular Africans who challenge for leadership against western puppets.

      J.p. - 2012-01-23 15:59

      Imarima, playing the race card does not supply solutions. It feeds a fire that we as the people of this continent cannot afford. I believe that Africa has the potential to fill its shoes as a food producer by only looking at specific things that are happening, in Zambia as example. I don't give a damn what colour people are. What I do care about is what people carry in their hearts, how they react to others and whether they respect their environment. I just don't think that Africa's judicial system, how skew it may or may not be, can be insulted to this extent. But then, maybe it is time for the AU to help us as people of the African continent to get the respect we so easily demand. Reality is that it is not something that we will get, but we need to earn it and frankly, my country's government makes it bloody difficult.

      Bibi - 2012-01-23 20:15

      By not charging them (leave race aside for now)is sending out the wrong message. Having power and LOTS of money does not mean you can kill and maim people and get away with it. Kenya is part of the ICC and they signed on all the dotted lines. On the other hand the ICC is not made up of just white people. Do you live here in Kenya George? Go and talk to to families who have lost several members to the violence and have been displaced. The AU is made up of arrogant and useless bureaucrats and had their first meeting about the famine in Somalia when the Western countries have been feeding the camps for a month and a half.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-23 16:24

    The Icc is desperate to have a track record for convictions, and is readily available to be used to settle political scores. Even zuma could have malema charged by it given a chance..

      Bibi - 2012-01-24 07:41

      Very easy for you to say this from your couch looking out onto your beemer in sunny SA. Come and talk to the people here in Kenya - they are all happy. Of course they have not been found guilty, but for the family of the victims and displaced there is a little bit of comfort. Did Malema actually kill people and have he ordered and paid others to do so?

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-23 16:24

    The Icc is desperate to have a track record for convictions, and is readily available to be used to settle political scores. Even zuma could have malema charged by it given a chance..

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