By: Lydia Matata/theStar
Somalilandsun – ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has withdrawn the charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta for crimes against humanity during the 2007-8 post poll violence.
The decision was made in light of a resolve by ICC judges on Wednesday, rejecting Bensouda’s request for a further adjournment on Uhuru’s case.
Trial judges had also given the prosecutor one week to decide whether she would proceed with the case or withdraw the charges.
“The evidence has not improved to such an extent that Mr Kenyatta’s alleged criminal responsibility can be proven beyond reasonable doubt.
“For this reason, and in light of the Trial Chamber’s rejection of the Prosecution’s request for an adjournment until the Government of Kenya complies with its co-operation obligations under the Rome Statute, the Prosecution withdraws its charges,” the statement from Bensouda reads.
The statement further says that Bensouda will not bring new charges against Uhuru at a later date stating that:
“This withdrawal is without prejudice to the possibility of bringing new charges against Mr Kenyatta “at a later date, based on the same or similar factual circumstances, should [the Prosecution] obtain sufficient evidence to support such a course of action”.
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