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Vol 51 No 7

Published 2nd April 2010


Kenya

A blow against impunity

The International Criminal Court is to probe election violence and may put some leading politicians and business people on trial for crimes against humanity

The 31 March decision by the judges of the International Criminal Court to approve an investigation into the 2007 election violence follows two years of obfuscation and ambivalence by the Kenyan government (AC Vol 51 No 1). The Court's Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, who recommended the investigation, has a list of 20 key suspects and says he plans to focus the probe on about six individuals. The cases may come to trial within 18 months. Many of the country's senior politicians oppose the ICC's intervention and fear that they or their political allies could be implicated in the probe - although few have been prepared to say so publicly.

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