Ruto, Uhuru, Muthaura and Sang committed to full trial by the International Criminal Court ( ICC)
Politicians William Samoei Ruto, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Head of Public Service Amb. Francis Muthaura and Radio Journalist Joshua Arap Sang have now been committed to full trial by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a decision delivered on 23rd January, 2012.
The Hague-based court however dropped charges against Politician Henry Kosgey and Postal Corporation of Kenya Chief Executive Office, General Mohamed Hussein Ali, who was the police commissioner when the violence erupted.
The decision to commit the four to full trial, taken by the majority of the Pre‐Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court composed of Judges EkaterinaTrendafilova, Cuno Tarfusser and Hans‐Peter Kaul. The Judges said there was sufficient evidence to put the four Kenyans on trial, for war crimes linked to 2007/08 post-election that engulfed Kenya following disputed presidential elections, where about 1,133 people died and over 600,000 displaced, marking the darkest moment in Kenyan history.
However, Judge Kaul differed with the other Judges. He maintains that the ICC is not competent because the crimes committed on the territory of the Republic of Kenya during the post‐election violence of 2007‐2008 in his view were serious common crimes under Kenyan criminal law, but not crimes against humanity as codified in Article 7 of the Rome Statute.
Uhuru Kenyatta and Francis Muthaura, have since stepped aside from their respective cabinet portfolios. Kenyatta relinquished the finance docket but retained the Deputy Prime Minister position.
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