According to CapitalFM, a Kenyan news outlet, four of the six suspects who were originally suspected of being connected with the 2007 deadly post-election violence, which left 1,000 dead, will be charged by the ICC. Two of the four suspects that will be charged, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto, are running for Kenya’s next presidential election.
The two other who are facing charges are Head of the Civil Service Ambassador Francis Muthaura and Kass FM Radio Presenter Joshua arap Sang.
The chamber found that there was sufficient evidence to charge Muthaura and Kenyatta for the alleged crimes as “as indirect co-perpetrators, pursuant to article 25(3) (a) of the Rome Statute, having gained control over the Mungiki and directed them to commit the crimes,” the judge said.
The chambers also found that there was enough evidence to charge Ruto and Sang as direct co-perpetrators of the crimes alleged against them.
Ruto is being charged as an “indirect co-perpetrators with others, pursuant to article 25(3)(a) of the Rome Statute, while it found that Mr Sang contributed to the commission of said crimes against humanity, pursuant to article 25(3)(d)(i), to the extent specified in the written decision,” the judge said.
Former Industrialisation Minister Henry Kosgey and Postmaster General Hussein Ali who served as Police Commissioner during the chaos are not going to be prosecuted and have been cleared of all charges against them. This is because, according to the ICC judges, there was not sufficient evidence against them to pursue a trial.
Ruto said these charges will not effect his run for president.
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