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ICC charges Kenyan leaders for post-election violence

The International Criminal Court at The Hague confirms charges against senior Kenyan politicians and a radio journalist for crimes against humanity.

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In the case against Ruto and Mr. Sang in Kenya, the court found “the Prosecutor has established substantial grounds to believe that the crimes against humanity of murder, deportation or forcible transfer and persecution were committed. These crimes resulted in the death of hundreds, and the displacement of thousands of civilians from Turbo town, the greater Eldoret area, Kapsabet town and Nandi Hills."

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“The Chamber also found that these crimes were committed as part of an attack directed against particular groups, namely, Kikuyu, Kamba and Kisii, due to their perceived political affiliation to the Party of National Unity.”

In the case against Mr. Muthaura and Kenyatta, the court found “substantial grounds to believe that between 24 and 28 January 2008 there was an attack against the civilian residents of Nakuru and Naivasha perceived as supporters of the Orange Democratic Movement, in particular those belonging to the Luo, Luhya and Kalenjin ethnic groups.”

The court issued the two announcements together, in order to minimize the possibility of violence in one ethnic community or another. The court also announced in its decision today that “the presumption of innocence remains fully intact” and that their decisions today “do not affect the liberty of the accused, which remains undisturbed.”

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