Kenyan MPs summoned to the ICC

Six Kenyan politicians have been summoned to appear before the International Criminal Court next month.

The six are required to appear before the Court on 7th April 2011 for their alleged role in the 2007-2008 post election violence.

The six include William Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey, Joshua Arap Sang, Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Kenyatta and Mohammed Ali.

Three judges of the Pre-Trial chamber examined the evidence so far presented by the prosecution and decided that there was substantial ground for the politicians to be summoned before the Court.

They face charges over crimes committed against civilians in Nakuru and Naivasha by the Mungiki and supporters of the Party of National Unity PNU, against perceived Orange Democratic Movement supporters.

112 deaths were reported in Nakuru and Naivasha, 39 cases of rape and at least 5 cases of forced circumcision as well as the displacement of up to 10,000 people.

The judges say that there is reasonable ground to believe that these crimes against humanity were planned and executed in an organized manner.

The summons are to be served to the individual politicians and not to the state.

Civil society organizations under the Coalition for the International Criminal Court have appealed to the politicians to respect the Court and appear as required.