December 15th, 2010

Kenyan ministers named as ICC suspects behind violence - Reuters

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court prosecutor named three Kenyan government ministers and a former police chief on Wednesday among six suspects behind the east African country's post-election violence in 2008.

The widely awaited announcement of the ICC's cases has the potential to destabilise Kenya's fragile coalition, or unity government, which was formed by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to bring the violence to an end and restore stability.

More than 1,220 people died and 350,000 were displaced, severely denting Kenya's reputation for stability in a turbulent region.

ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he was requesting summons for suspended education minister William Ruto, finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta, industrialisation minister Henry Kiprono Kosgey, and former police chief Mohammed Hussein Ali for alleged murder, deportation, and persecutions.