Kenyatta in Court: Victims Call for Justice as Hope for it Fades

kenyatta-victimsThe Hague, Netherlands:

Yesterday, Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai appeared in The Hague to respond to claims that the Kenyan government has frustrated the prosecution in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The prosecution had accused Nairobi of “pure obstructionism” in its attempts to gather evidence such as phone data or financial assets, but Muigai refuted the claims, insisting that Kenya had wholly fulfilled its legal obligations. The prosecution remained unconvinced, however, and in response to queries over how long it would take the Attorney General to process their requests for information, Muigai merely cautioned: “I do not know and do not want to speculate.”

Kenyatta stands accused of crimes against humanity related to post-election violence in 2007/2008 when 1,200 people were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced. In the absence of credible national courts able to hold the case impartially, the victims of the violence put their faith in the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, six years on, they are still awaiting justice, witnesses have withdrawn amidst allegations of intimidation and bribery, and the case has been delayed time after time.

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By: Natalia Ojewska
February 14, 2014
Photograph by UN Women

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