Monday, January 23, 2012

ICC Judges Confirm Charges Against Four, and Send to Trial, for Responsibility in Post-Election Violence in Kenya

Today Pre-Trial judges at the International Criminal Court confirmed charges against four suspects who will now face trial for alleged crimes in connection with post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang (Case 1) and Francis Kirimi Muthaura and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (Case 2) are charged with crimes against humanity, including murder, deportation or forcible transfer, persecution and rape. Henry Kiprono Kosgey (Case 1) and Mohammed Hussein Ali (Case 2) will not face such charges at this time.

The US State Department made a statement on the Kenya decisions urging "the Kenyan government, the people of Kenya, and the individuals involved to continue to cooperate fully with the ICC proceedings."

The decisions are available on the Court's website:

Confirmation of Charges Decision: The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang

Confirmation of Charges Decision: The Prosecutor v. Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mohammed Hussein Ali

The parties may appeal these decision. In addition, the Prosecutor may submit addition evidence in the future to support charges against Henry Kiprono Kosgey or Mohammed Hussein Ali.

Background information about the Kenya investigation is available in an AMICC factsheet.

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