East Africa

Kenyans withdraw from case against VP

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A group of 20 victims of post-election violence that rocked Kenya almost six years ago have withdrawn from the International Criminal Court case against Vice President William Ruto, the court says. 

Citing its own judges, the Hague-based court said on Thursday that the group told their lawyer "that they no longer wish to continue participating in the present proceedings". 

The judges added: "The decision to withdraw could have been motivated by a range of factors including security concerns." 

The court's confirmation comes after it received a letter in early June by 93 victims who allegedly said they wanted to stop participation in the two Kenyan cases before the ICC. 

Ruto and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta are both charged with crimes against humanity in connection with 2007-8 post-poll violence that left over 1,000 people dead and several hundred thousand displaced. 

 

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