afrol News – New schedule set for Kenyatta war crimes trial

<a href=”http://www.afrol.com/articles/38286″>afrol News – New schedule set for Kenyatta war crimes trial</a> – Originally, the international court had planned to start the criminal proceedings against the Kenyan President already in three weeks, on 9 July. But the defence lawyers of Mr Kenyatta had requested more time to prepare the trial and search for evidence.

Mr Kenyatta is charged with five counts of crimes against humanity, “consisting of murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts allegedly committed during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008,” according to the court, based in The Hague. More than 1.000 persons died during the violent clashes.

The continued efforts to charge the Kenyan leader by the ICC are however causing enhanced frustration in Kenya and other African countries. The ICC is increasingly seen as a court only targeting Africans, and by going after Mr Kenyatta, the court even is seen as destabilising the Kenyan democracy.

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