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ICC cases to proceed

05 September 2013, 14:32

Nairobi - The International Criminal Court's cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto will go ahead, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Thursday in a statement released just hours before parliament was due to vote on withdrawing from the court.

Kenyatta and Ruto are accused of orchestrating the violence after elections in 2007 in which 1,200 people lost their lives.

"The judicial process is now in motion at the International Criminal Court. Justice must run its course," Bensouda said in a video statement on the court's website.

"Witnesses have gone to great lengths to risk their lives and the lives of their relatives to support our investigations and prosecutions," she added.

Parliament is expected to debate and vote on Thursday afternoon on a motion that could lead to the east African nation withdrawing from the Rome Statute that underpins the International Criminal Court.

The trial against Ruto starts on September 10 in The Hague, while Kenyatta's trial is scheduled to open on November 12.

- Reuters

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