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ICC Will Hold Trials on Kenya's Post-Election Violence

This combination image made from file photos taken at various dates in 2011 shows the six suspects in the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation on the post-election violence in Kenya, attending hearings at the Hague, Netherlands. Top row from l
This combination image made from file photos taken at various dates in 2011 shows the six suspects in the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation on the post-election violence in Kenya, attending hearings at the Hague, Netherlands. Top row from l
Joe DeCapua

The International Criminal Court  (ICC) has ordered four prominent Kenyans to stand trial on charges they helped organize deadly post-election violence in their country four years ago.

The court, based in The Hague, said Monday that there is sufficient evidence to proceed with trials against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, former education minister William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura, and radio executive Joshua Arap Sang.

Both Kenyatta and Ruto have indicated they plan to run for president in Kenya's upcoming elections.  Ruto told reporters in Nairobi Monday that he remains in the race.

The court dropped charges against former police chief Mohammed Hussein Ali and former industrialization minister Henry Kosgey.  In both cases, judges cited a lack of evidence to support accusations made by prosecutors.

Kenya exploded in ethnic violence after the disputed 2007 presidential election.  The violence killed about 1,300 people and displaced more than 300,000 others.

Amnesty International Praised the ICC’s decision, calling it “an important milestone for victims in their search for justice, truth and reparations.”  To hear VOA reporter Joe De Capua’s interview with Amnesty’s legal Advisor on International Justice Jonathan O’Donohue, click on the link below.

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