Trial of Kenyan Deputy President starts in The Hague

10 September 2013

William Ruto at the opening of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. [Photo: ICC-CPI][/caption]Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has become the first serving government official to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Mr. Ruto and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who were rivals during the 2007 elections in Kenya, are accused of organizing the violence that followed the results of the elections.

Approximately 1,000 people died in that violence and hundreds of thousands were displaced from their homes.

Before the start of the trial at The Hague, in the Netherlands, Kenyan lawmakers voted to pull out of the ICC, which they accuse of political interference in their country.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

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