Four Kenyans indicted by ICC for violence post 2007 elections

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.

related article: Kenya’s civil society backs the ICC’s ruling.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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