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IGAD Celebrates Termination of Kenya ICC Cases :: Uganda Radionetwork
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IGAD Celebrates Termination of Kenya ICC Cases

The statement added that IGAD had condemned the way the ICC had handled the Kenyan cases from the beginning recalling statements made in March 2011 that the trial of Kenyan politicians by the ICC would weaken the country and weaken the region.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has welcomed the termination of cases that were filed against Kenyan Vice President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua Arap Sang at the International Criminal Court.

IGAD is an eight-country trade bloc in Eastern Africa, which comprises governments from Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti and South Sudan.

In an express diplomatic communication sent to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, IGAD Executive Secretary, Ambassador Mahboub Maalim wrote that the termination of cases gives the region an opportunity to focus on more important and urgent development matters.

"The country in particular and the region at large can now focus on more important and urgent development matters including reconciliation, healing and post conflict reconstruction,” Ambassador Mahboub says.

The statement added that IGAD had condemned the way the ICC had handled the Kenyan cases from the beginning recalling statements made in March 2011 that the trial of Kenyan politicians by the ICC would “weaken the country and weaken the region”.

He added that the trial was not as a result of a credible judicial process.

“On numerous subsequent occasions, IGAD has continued to call for the withdrawal of the remaining charges against Deputy President Ruto and journalist Arap Sang,"he added.

The regional organization has also been instrumental in rallying governments in the region through the African Union to demonstrate their solidarity, particularly against ICC 'targeting' leaders while still in office.

The statement comes just a day after the court terminated all charges against Ruto and Sang after failing to secure evidence to support the trial. The decision was based on a defence submission of a no-case-to-answer and inconsistencies in the evidence submitted by the prosecution to pin Ruto and Sang.

They were accused of crimes against humanity which include murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution, allegedly committed in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya.

The alleged crimes occurred after the 2007 elections that saw Mwai Kibaki claim victory over Orange Democratic Movement –ODM candidate Raila Odinga. However, Odinga's supporters argued that their victory had been snatched. Up to 1,200 people died and thousands were displaced in the ensuing clashes.

But the judges concluded that prosecution did not present sufficient evidence to warrant the continuation of the trial.

Ruto and Sang remained on trial even after the same court withdrew charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta 2014, saying that there was massive obstruction of evidence by the Kenyan government.

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