ICC drops Uhuru Kenyatta charges for Kenya ethnic violence

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague have said they are withdrawing charges against Kenya’s leader, Uhuru Kenyatta.

A statement said the evidence had “not improved to such an extent that Mr Kenyatta’s alleged criminal responsibility can be proven beyond reasonable doubt”.

President Kenyatta was indicted for crimes against humanity in connection with violence after elections in 2007.

He had denied the charges.

On Wednesday, the court had given prosecutors a week to decide whether to pursue their case or to drop charges.

Further delays in Mr Kenyatta’s case would be “contrary to the interests of justice”, it had said.

‘Bribed and intimidated’

Mr Kenyatta was the first head of state to appear before the court, after he was charged in 2012.

The prosecution repeatedly asked for more time to build its case, saying witnesses had been bribed and intimidated, and the Kenyan government had refused to hand over documents vital to the case.

Born in 1961, became Kenya’s youngest president Son of the country’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta Heir to one of the largest fortunes in Kenya, according to Forbes magazine Entered politics in 1990s, groomed by ex-President Daniel arap Moi Lost presidential race in 2002 by a large margin to coalition led by Mwai Kibaki Backed Mr Kibaki for re-election in 2007 Known as “njamba” or hero in his Kikuyu language Married father of three Hobbies: Football and golf

Mr Kenyatta denied inciting ethnic violence following the disputed 2007 elections in order to secure victory for then-President Mwai Kibaki.

He said the ICC case was political.

Mr Kenyatta won presidential elections in 2013, with the backing of Mr Kibaki.

He used the case against him to rally nationalist support by accusing The Hague-based court of meddling in Kenya’s affairs.

Some 1,200 people were killed in the violence in 2007-8 and 600,000 were displaced.

BBC

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