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Uhuru 'excited' with end to ICC case

05 December 2014, 16:43 William Korir

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he is excited by the withdrawal of charges against him by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

The International Criminal Court ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda earlier Friday withdrew charges against president Kenyatta.

Bensouda said in a statement Friday that she could not sustain charges against the president seeing as the trial chamber on Wednesday said she had one week to come up with enough evidence to push the case forward or drop it.

And in a swift reaction, the president said he and his family was excited with the news.

" We are very excited about it," he said. 

Read alsoUhuru to be set free by ICC as Bensouda withdraws charges

He also joked that if First Lady Uhuru Kenyatta was close by, he would have run to her to share the moment.

" If she was around, I would have run over to her to thank her for her support," he added.

Bensouda said that she was disappointed to drop the case but had no choice.

" In light of the decision by the trial chamber's decision on the application by the prosecution on adjournment, the prosecution hereby withdraws the case against Mr Kenyatta, Bensouda said Friday.

" The evidence has not improved to such an extent that Mr Kenyatta's criminal involvement can be proven beyond reasonable doubt. In this light and in view of the trial chamber's decision on adjournment, the prosecution withdraws its charges, she added in her statement.

The news will be a significant victory for the president, who has for long stated his innocence in the case in which he was accused of crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the 2008 post election violence.

The withdrawal means that only two Kenyans remain under ICC watch, Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang, whose cases are still ongoing.

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