Friday, September 02, 2011

Kenyan Lawyers Say ICC Should Drop Case Against Officials

Lawyers: ICC should drop Kenyan case

Published: Sept. 2, 2011 at 1:03 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands

Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Lawyers for three Kenyan leaders told the International Criminal Court Thursday that violence after the 2007 presidential race was unplanned.

At a hearing in The Hague, they said Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor, has failed to produce evidence that former Higher Education Minister William Ruto, former Industrialization Minister Henry Kosgey and radio executive Joshua arap Sang violated international law, The Nation reported.

A total of six Kenyans face ICC charges. A hearing for the remaining three is scheduled later this month, CNN said.

Clashes between supporters of President Mwai Kibaki and his challenger, Raila Odinga, went on for days after the vote - in which Odinga apparently received more votes -- leaving more than 1,000 people dead. In an eventual settlement, Odinga became prime minister.

Katwa Kigen, Ruto's lawyer, said the violence was marked by "spontaneity and limited duration," suggesting it was not a concerted effort. He argued some organizations may have fomenting the fighting but not to the extent that it would be a crime against humanity within the jurisdiction if the ICC.

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