Kenya: ICC Drops Charges Against Kenyatta’s Co-Accused

The International Criminal Court recently dropped charges against Kenyan politician Francis Muthaura for crimes committed during the 2007 elections. (Google Images)

BBC Africa is reporting that the International Criminal Court (ICC) dropped charges against Francis Muthaura. Muthaura had been accused of crimes similar to those of Uhuru Kenyatta who, despite these charges, won the recent Kenyan presidential elections. Kenyatta still faces charges for inciting violence during the 2007 elections and will go to trial in July.

According to the BBC:

Mr Muthaura, a former civil service chief, was on the same side as Mr Kenyatta during the disputed 2007 election, after which more than 1,000 people were killed and about 600,000 were left homeless.

Mr Kenyatta is accused of organising attacks on members of ethnic groups seen as supporting Raila Odinga against President Mwai Kibaki. He denies the charges.

Mr Muthaura was accused of five counts of crimes against humanity, including authorizing the police to use excessive force against protestors during the violence that swept through Kenya after the 2007 election.

Read more at BBC Africa.

This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins.

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