ICC probes Kenya violence

07 April 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

Investigators of The Hague’s International Criminal Court (ICC) have travelled to Kenya to probe the country’s post-election violence, a move welcomed by a number of local organisations. 

Last week the ICC gave Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo the green light to investigate crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Kenya’s post-election ethnic violence two years ago. The attacks left more than 1,200 dead, while 300,000 others were forced to flee their homes.

“The judges decided there will be justice in Kenya. To contribute to the prevention of crimes during the next elections, we must proceed promptly. We will,” said Ocampo. He added that “the 50th anniversary of Kenya’s independence is coming. It will be a historic opportunity to show an example of how one country overcomes violence.”

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