The Kenyan suspects, four of them members of the government, are requested to appear at The Hague April 7 on charges of organizing ethnic clashes after the 2007 presidential election.
Johannesburg, South Africa
The search for justice in Kenya’s post-election violence, which killed some 1,200 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others in early 2008, appears to have taken a big step forward.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on Tuesday issued a summons to six senior Kenyans believed to be the most responsible for the violence. The six Kenyans, who are required to appear at the ICC on April 7 for a preliminary hearing, are public officials and media members named by ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo after a year-long investigation.
“The ICC’s decision means that six people implicated in Kenya’s post-election violence will have to answer to the court,” says Elizabeth Evenson, senior international justice counsel at Human Rights Watch. “The ICC summonses – which name some of Kenya’s most senior leaders – should serve as a wake-up call to Kenyan politicians and officials that they can be held to account.”