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Charges against Kenyan leader axed

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has dropped all crimes against humanity charges against Kenya's president, highlighting the court's problems in bringing to justice the high-ranking officials it has accused of atrocities.

Prosecution office spokeswoman Florence Olara said that prosecutor Fatou Bensouda filed a notice withdrawing the charges.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had been charged with murder, rape, persecution, deportation and other inhumane acts as an "indirect co-perpetrator" in violence that flared after Kenya's 2007 elections and left more than 1,000 people dead.

The collapse of the case is a new blow to the credibility of the court's prosecution office.

The office has launched nine full investigations since its establishment in 2002 - all of them in Africa - and has just seven suspects in custody.


From Belfast Telegraph