Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

Online movement demands peace in Gaza

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Apple aims to satisfy China's hunger for smartphones

Read more

DEBATE

MH17: Punishing Putin? (part two)

Read more

DEBATE

MH17: Punishing Putin?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Competing narratives in Malaysia Airlines disaster coverage

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya : Police arrest 8 over Mombasa rampage

Read more

FOCUS

Overfishing and the global appetite for bluefin tuna: can Tokyo turn the tide?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Too many graphic images from Gaza ?

Read more

FASHION

Who's next in Paris, an event with international ready-to-wear and fashion accessories collections

Read more

  • Netherlands to honour MH17 victims in national day of mourning

    Read more

  • Defying UK, France to proceed with warships sale to Russia

    Read more

  • Israel hits Gaza targets despite diplomatic push for ceasefire

    Read more

  • US courts issue conflicting reports on Obamacare

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

  • Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Flight MH17 shot down ‘by mistake', US intelligence indicates

    Read more

  • US, European airlines suspend flights to Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • Australian veteran Rogers claims 16th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • France gives go-ahead to pro-Palestinian Paris rally

    Read more

  • French Jews mourn French-Israeli soldier killed in Gaza

    Read more

  • PSG punished by UEFA for abuse of disabled Chelsea fans

    Read more

  • Colombia's Rodriguez signs '€80m' contract with Real Madrid

    Read more

  • Children killed in minibus crash in eastern France

    Read more

  • A call for harmony in riot-hit ‘Little Jerusalem’ Paris suburb

    Read more

Africa

Six top Kenyans await ICC ruling over election violence

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-01-23

The International Criminal Court is to rule on Monday on whether six top Kenyans should face trial for crimes against humanity for their roles in the December 2007 post-election violence, in which 1,100 people died.

AFP - The International Criminal Court will Monday decide whether six top Kenyans, including Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta should face trial for their roles in bloody post-poll unrest in which 1,100 died.

Presiding Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova will read a three-judge ruling at 11:30 am (1030 GMT) at a public hearing in The Hague, where the court sits.

A written decision on the six men's involvement in the deadly violence following disputed December 2007 polls in the east African country, will be sent to them and their lawyers earlier Monday, the court said.

The six are not expected to be present during the public hearing.

Judge Trendafilova will announce whether crimes against humanity charges against the six are to be confirmed -- fully or partially -- or if ICC's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo needed to give more information from evidence gathered during his investigation.

Ahead of the ICC decision, Nairobi sought to calm the situation.

"It is important from the onset to indicate that under the Rome Statute, either party could appeal against the ICC decision," Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia said in a statement issued late Saturday.

"Monday will therefore, not be fait accompli for the victims and the accused," he added, warning that "anyone irrespective of their status will be held personally responsible for inciting Kenyans before or after the ruling."

Analysts said they fear the highly-anticipated ruling could re-ignite violence should the ICC's decision be perceived as favouring one camp over the other, or simply let all of them off too cheaply.

Defence teams from both sides have rubbished the prosecution's investigations, saying there was not enough evidence to take their clients to trial.

Moreno-Ocampo was given the court's permission in March 2010 to investigate the six, three of them aligned with President Mwai Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) and three others who supported the opposition Orange Democratic Movement of Raila Odinga, now the prime minister in a coalition government.

The senior figures from each group, Kenyatta as well as ex-higher education minister William Ruto, are seen as potential presidential candidates in elections set for mid-March 2013.

Kenyatta, 50, Kibaki's right-hand man Francis Muthaura, 65, and ex-police chief Mohammed Hussein Ali, 55, are accused of keeping Kenya's ruling party at the time in power "through any means necessary."

They face five counts including orchestrating murder, rape, forcible transfer and persecution in the polls' aftermath, described as "one of the most violent periods in Kenya's history."

Kenyatta, especially, has been accused of having long-running ties with the country's shadowy criminal gang called the Mungiki -- a sect-like organisation known for skinning and beheading its victims -- which he allegedly directed to attack opposition supporters.

Opposition supporters Ruto, 45, ex-industrialisation minister Henry Kosgey, 64, and radio boss Joshua arap Sang, 36, all Odinga loyalists, face three counts of murder, forcible transfer and persecution.

They are accused of "carefully orchestrating" attacks against ruling PNU supporters after Odinga accused Kibaki of rigging his way to re-election.

What began as political riots soon turned into ethnic killings targeting Kenyatta's Kikuyu tribe.

This launched reprisal attacks in which homes were torched and people hacked to death in the worst outbreak of violence since Kenya's independence in 1963.

The prosecution said 1,133 people died and several hundred thousand were displaced.

The ICC opened its doors in 2003 as the world's first permanent tribunal handling cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in countries which were unable or unwilling to bring them to trial on their home soil.

Date created : 2012-01-23

  • KENYA

    Kenyan court delays elections until March 2013

    Read more

  • KENYA

    Kenya issues arrest warrant for Sudan's Bashir

    Read more

  • SOMALIA

    Kenyan jets pound al Shabaab targets in south Somalia

    Read more

COMMENT(S)