ICC will not halt Kenyan investigation

30th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Kenya has failed to halt an International Criminal Court investigation into its post-election violence. Judges in The Hague on Monday ruled that a lack of national proceedings warranted the need for the case to go ahead.

ICC prosecutors have accused six political and business figures of involvement in violence between 2007 and 2008 that killed more than 1,200 people. All six say they are innocent of the charges.

In March, Kenya's government objected to the proceedings, arguing its new constitution and other reforms made it possible for the country to hold its own trial. 

However, The Hague court said that Kenya did not provide "concrete evidence of ongoing proceedings before national judges.” In particular, they did not provide information on the crimes the suspects are accused of or information about their own investigations.

Consequently, the court ruled that it "cannot but determine that the case is admissible."

The six accused men are Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura, Postal Corporation chief Hussein Ali, suspended government ministers William Ruto and Henry Kosgey, and radio executive Joshua Arap Sang.

The Kenyan government can still file an appeal against the ICC decision within five days.

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