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Four Kenyan leaders accused of crimes against humanity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has confirmed the charges against four prominent Kenyan political leaders, accused of organising violence and committing crimes against humanity in the wake of the disputed 2007 elections. On hearing of the announcement, President Mwai Kibaki ordered the State Prosecutor to establish a commission of legal experts to challenge the ICC's jurisdiction in this matter. The leader's attitude is in stark contrast with that of members of parliament who support the decision of the ICC and consider that leaving local authorities to decide the outcome of these crimes could be detrimental. Violence broke out following the 2007 elections causing the deaths of some 1,300 people and around 600,000 displaced.