People of Kenya not on trial, says ICC Prosecutor

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Fatou Bensouda

The new Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has assured the people and government of Kenya that they are not on trial for the violence that followed the December 2007 presidential election in the country.

Ms. Fatou Bensouda spoke to reporters in Nairobi on Monday during her first official visit to Kenya as the ICC Prosecutor.

Three high-level Kenyan political leaders and a journalist have been indicted by the ICC.

They are former Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Member of Parliament; William Ruto, former Head of Civil Service, Francis Muthaura and Journalist Joshua Sang.

"The people of Kenya are not on trial; the Government of Kenya is not on trial and no ethnic community is on trial before the ICC. The allegations concern individual criminal responsibility. The four accused will have a fair trial and an equal opportunity to refute the allegations. Their guilt or innocence will be established by the Judges at the conclusion of these trials."

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Ms. Fatou Bensouda said she is in Kenya to listen and to exchange views with ordinary Kenyans including victims groups regarding the ICC process.

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