Charges against Kenyan leader axed

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Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has dropped all crimes against humanity charges against Kenya’s president, highlighting the court’s problems in bringing to justice the high-ranking officials it has accused of atrocities.

Prosecution office spokeswoman Florence Olara said that prosecutor Fatou Bensouda filed a notice withdrawing the charges.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had been charged with murder, rape, persecution, deportation and other inhumane acts as an “indirect co-perpetrator” in violence that flared after Kenya’s 2007 elections and left more than 1,000 people dead.

The collapse of the case is a new blow to the credibility of the court’s prosecution office.

The office has launched nine full investigations since its establishment in 2002 – all of them in Africa – and has just seven suspects in custody.

Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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