The International Criminal Court will not drop the crimes against humanity charges against Kenyan president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, The Hague-based court’s chief prosecutor said on Wednesday.
Lawyers for Kenyatta on Monday urged the ICC to dismiss the case against him after prosecutors last week dramatically dropped all charges against Kenyatta’s co-accused after a key witness withdrew testimony. Kenyatta, 51, stands accused of orchestrating deadly violence that followed disputed polls five years ago. He was named Kenya’s new president in a closely-fought election this month, though his main rival Raila Odinga has filed a legal challenge against the win.
The ICC last week dropped charges against Kenyatta’s Co-Accused Francis Muthaura and it was the first time ICC prosecutors decided to drop a case since the world’s first permanent independent war crimes court began operating in 2002.
Should the charges against Kenyatta stand, he will be facing a trial that could last at least two years shortly after taking office.