President of Kenya to appear before ICC

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Defence of Mr Kenyatta at the beginnng of the Status Conference. Credit: ICC-CPI

The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to come before the UN-backed International Criminal Court or ICC in The Hague, in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

President Kenyatta will become the first sitting president to appear before the chamber.

He faces charges of crimes against humanity in connection with post-election violence in Kenya in 2007 and 2008.

The ICC says President Kenyatta is allegedly criminally responsible as an indirect co-perpetrator of murder, deportation, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts.

The violence left more than 1,100 people dead and forced 600,000 to flee their homes.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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