Kenyans to stand trial for post-election violence

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Uhuru Kenyatta and Francis Muthaura

Four Kenyans are to stand trial for crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court(ICC).

The four include Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of the civil service Francis Muthaura, legislator William Ruto and Radio Journalist Joshua Sang.

The four are alleged to bear the heaviest responsibility for the 2008 post election violence in which over 1,500 people were killed and thousands displaced.

By majority vote, the Judges said the prosecution has established substantial grounds to believe that murder, rape deportation and persecution crimes were committed in the aftermath of the December 2007 general election.

Justice Ekaterina Tredafilova of the ICC read out the decision of the pre-trail chamber.

"As a result of the decisions issued today, Mr. Ruto, Mr. Sang, Mr. Muthaura and Mr. Kenyatta are committed to trial. The Chamber wishes to be unequivocal and state that Mr. Ruto, Mr. Sang, Mr. Muthaura and Mr. Kenyatta are merely accused before this Court. The Chamber would like to emphasise, for the purposes of clarity, that the presumption of innocence remains fully intact. At trial, the Prosecutor will have the burden of proving the guilt of the accused beyond a reasonable doubt."

The Judges struck out charges against two other Kenyans former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali and former cabinate Minister Henry Kosgey.

One of the judges Justice Hans‐Peter Kaul declined to support the prosecution case saying the crimes though serious under Kenyan Law; they were not crimes against humanity as codified in the Rome Statute which established the ICC.

Duration 35″

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