Next for Kenya, a president on trial in The Hague

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Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 10:36 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's powerbrokers and voters carried out a mostly violence-free election five years after tribal clashes ripped apart the country. The next big scheduled event: The trials of the new president and deputy president before the International Criminal Court.

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President-elect William Ruto both face trials later this year at the ICC in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity over allegations they helped orchestrate the vicious tribal attacks that followed Kenya's 2007 election.

J. Peter Pham, an Africa specialist at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank, said Tuesday that the ICC case "threatens to turn into an embarrassing fiasco" that could irreparably harm the court's image. Many across Africa believe it's unfair that the ICC has only prosecuted Africans.

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