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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Kenyan minister William Ruto in The Hague to meet ICC


One of Kenya’s best known politicians, William Ruto, accused of links to post-election violence in 2008, has flown to The Hague.

He says he has asked to meet the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo to “set the record straight”.

The ICC is investigating the clashes which left some 1,300 people dead.

Mr Ruto has denied any links to the violence, which were most deadly in his home province of the Rift Valley.

Mr Ruto is a controversial figure in the coalition government that took power in 2008 to end the violence.

He is deputy leader of Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement but the pair have fallen out.

The ICC has not published the names of those it wants to question in connection with the violence.

But the state-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has accused Mr Ruto of responsibility.

He was suspended last month as higher education minister, after a court ruled he must stand trial over corruption allegations – he denies any wrongdoing.

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