Kenya Denies Obstructing Case Against Its President
Kenya’s most senior government lawyer rejected claims on Thursday it was obstructing the International Criminal Court’s investigation into crimes against humanity, allegedly committed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Prosecutors say Kenya’s government has hindered access to bank and telephone records which they consider essential to secure a conviction. Kenyatta is charged with orchestrating violence that swept Kenya after elections in 2007. The case is a test of the authority and credibility of the court, which has seen several cases collapse and secured just one conviction in 11 years. It has also driven a wedge between the court’s Western backers and African allies of Kenya, many of which launched a diplomatic push to have Kenyatta’s trial scrapped or deferred following his election as president last year.
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