Kenya asks ICC to dismiss violence cases

2011-04-05 11:44

The Hague - Kenya has asked an international court to drop cases against six senior leaders accused of orchestrating the violence that erupted after its disputed 2007 presidential elections.

In a letter released on Monday, Kenyan authorities said the country's new constitution and judicial reforms mean it can now prosecute postelection violence cases itself.

The International Criminal Court's judges granted prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo permission to open an investigation into the deadly violence in March 2010 after Kenyan politicians failed to agree on how to prosecute suspects.

Last month judges summoned the six leaders to appear at the court on March 07 and 08 to face crimes against humanity charges. Lawyers for Kenya have asked to take part in the hearings.