THE HAGUE, Apr 7 – Three prominent Kenyans are due to appear before the pre trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday morning to honour summonses that were issued last month.
Former Cabinet Ministers William Ruto and Henry Kosgey as well as Kass FM presenter Joshua arap Sang were summoned after the ICC judges ruled that there was sufficient evidence linking them to the 2008 post-election violence.
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They will be expected to show cause why they shouldn\’t stand trial for their alleged roles in planning the violence, which claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people.
Mr Sang is accused of inciting people to violence mainly in Rift Valley province, while Mr Ruto and Mr Kosgey are accused of planning violence in Eldoret, where thousands of people were evicted from their homes.
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Civil Service head Francis Muthaura and former police boss Maj Gen (rtd) Mohamed Hussein Ali are to appear before the same judges on Friday.
The Finance Minister is accused of sponsoring Mungiki adherents to launch retaliatory attacks in the Rift Valley, something ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said was the focal point of the violence.
Together with the Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and retired Major General Hussein Ali, Uhuru is expected to appear before the court on Friday afternoon.
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