Kenyas post-election violence suspects appear before the ICC

Three Kenyans accused of perpetrating post-election violence in 2008 have made their first appearance before the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Six top political and government officials have been summoned to appear before the ICC in connection with the violence. Patrick Maigua reports.

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The first to appear before the ICC were suspended government ministers William Ruto and Henry Kosgey and radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang. They face charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, forcible transfer and persecution.

During today’s proceedings, the ICC judges asked all three accused to identify themselves to the court and asked whether they have been sufficiently informed of the allegations and their rights.

 Allegations of vote-rigging in the December 2007 presidential election ignited ethnic clashes that left more than 1,500 people dead and displaced over 300,000. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is presenting two cases to the ICC, accusing both opposition and government officials of instigating the violence.

On Friday, Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura, and former police chief Hussein Ali will appear before the court to hear charges of murder, forcible transfer, rape and persecution.

Patrick Maigua at the United Nations.

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