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ICC summons six Kenyan suspects over post-election violence

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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.”

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