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ICC to investigate Kenya election violence. Will leaders cooperate?

The International Criminal Court has told Luis Moreno Ocampo to investigate the role of senior politicians in 2008 Kenya election violence. But some are already suspected of working to undermine the ICC.

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The International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo addressed the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels March 23. Ocampo has been told by the ICC to investigate the role of senior politicians in Kenya's post-election violence in 2008.

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The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, has given its prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo the green light to investigate the role of senior politicians in Kenya's post-election violence that killed 1,300 Kenyans in 2008.

The decision allows Mr. Ocampo to take the next step, which would be passing down indictments against senior Kenyan politicians, some of whom are thought to be ministers and cabinet members in the powersharing government of President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The presidential and parliamentary elections of Dec. 27, 2007 – considered by international observers to be deeply flawed – were followed by communal violence that also displaced nearly 300,000 Kenyans from their homes.

β€œThe ICC ruling today will give Ocampo the green light to continue his investigations, and it signifies that Ocampo has substantial evidence to bring charges against Kenyan politicians,” says Wafula Okumu, a Kenya expert at the Institute for Security Studies in Tshwane (as Pretoria is now called).

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