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Vol 50 No 15

Published 24th July 2009


Kenya

Kofi Annan puts politicians on the spot over poll violence

Options narrow after the International Criminal Court receives the list of suspects

The Kenyan government has until the end of September to set up an independent special tribunal on the post-election violence of December 2007. On 9 July, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague an envelope listing alleged perpetrators of the violence that followed the 2007 elections. The list was compiled by Justice Philip Waki's Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence (CIPEV) and handed to Annan last year. His July action pre-empted an earlier agreement with the government, giving it an extension until the end of August to set up a special tribunal. The Waki Commission had intended this tribunal to be independent from Kenya's judicial system, with international and local judges and investigators.

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