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Ocampo says Uhuru charges prevented 2013 election violence

16 December 2014, 18:58 William Korir

Nairobi - The fact that president Uhuru Kenyatta had been charged by the ICC prevented violence in the 2013 General Election, former prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo believes.

Ocampo has been accused by many of being behind the collapse of the crimes against humanity charges of president Kenyatta last month, for not having a conclusive case against the president.

Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda admitted that there was no evidence to prosecute the president and Ocampo despite the debacle, says that the fact the president was under scrutiny helped avert crisis in the aftermath of elections in March 2013.

" It was a definite game changer in that regard. I am certain that the charges prevented violence last year," he said in an interview with the BBC.

" I feel the charges restricted action in that there was no need for more violence after what happened the previous time. It helped," he insisted.

The fact that there was no violence in 2013 is said to have helped the president's cause in having his charges dropped, with analysts believing that his union with deputy president William Ruto helped his case.

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