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Vol 51 No 24

Published 3rd December 2010


Kenya

Ruto takes on the courts

Sacked from the cabinet and accused of involvement in the 2007 election violence, William Ruto comes out fighting

The point of William Ruto's voluntary mission to the Hague to meet investigators at the International Criminal Court on 4-6 November became clear when he returned to Nairobi. Throngs of supporters bussed in from his Eldoret North constituency greeted him, to demonstrate his strong support in the Rift Valley region. They welcomed him back as if he were an Olympic gold medallist, rather than a possible suspect in investigations of the violence that killed some 1,500 Kenyans in the wake of the 2007 elections. The ICC says that before the end of December, it will name some six politicians and business people whom it intends to prosecute.

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