International court drops case against Kenyan President

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Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta at the Status conference on 8 October 2014. Credit: ICC-CPI

Charges of crimes against humanity against Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta have been dropped by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

President Kenyatta had been indicted in connection with post-election violence in the East African country in 2007-2008 in which 1200 people died and 600,000 were displaced.

He always denied the charges.

On Friday, the Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, said the Government of Kenya had failed to "adequately cooperate" with investigations.

She said the non-compliance had compromised the prosecution’s ability to thoroughly investigate the charges leading to the case being dropped.

The Kenyan government said it had fully complied with its legal obligations.

Ms Bensouda said there had also been what she described as "concerted and wide-ranging efforts to harass, intimidate and threaten" potential witnesses in the trial.

She added that justice for the victims of the violence had been "delayed and frustrated."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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