Six high-ranking Kenyans summoned by International Criminal Court
NEW YORK – Six high-ranking Kenyan officials, including a deputy prime minister, two ministers and a police chief, have been summoned to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in connection with alleged crimes against humanity committed in post-electoral violence three years ago.
An ICC pre-trial chamber by a majority of two to one declared Tuesday reasonable grounds to believe that the six are criminally responsible as indirect co-perpetrators or contributors to the crimes against humanity of murder, forcible transfer and persecution.
They have been ordered to appear before the court on April 7.
The six are William Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and the son of Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta; Samoei Ruto, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology; Henry Kiprono Kosgey, Minister of Industrialization; Joshua Arap Sang, Head of Operations for KASS FM radio station; Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet; and Mohamed Hussein Ali, Police Commissioner at the time of the violence.
More than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced in the violence that followed the December 2007 elections.
Hundreds more were raped, and at least 100,000 properties were destroyed in six of Kenya’s eight provinces, according to ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who requested the summonses.
The Chamber found reasonable grounds against Ruto, Kosgey and Sang in connection with murder, forcible transfer and persecution, but not torture.
The Chamber also found reasonable grounds against the other three – Kenyatta, Kirimi and Ali – relating to rape and other inhumane acts.
The six were ordered to avoid all direct or indirect contact with possible victims or witness of the alleged crimes that could “corruptly influence witnesses,” “obstruct, tamper or interfere with their testimony” or “collection of evidence.”