International Criminal Court: fragile peace but no justice in Kenya

International Criminal Court: fragile peace but no justice in Kenya

The International Criminal Court suffered a major setback when its first case against a sitting head of state collapsed. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta was indicted for crimes against humanity but critical evidence and witnesses failed to materialise - government complicity, say prosecutors - and the charges were withdrawn in December 2014. Despite accusations that the court is a vehicle to impose Western justice, African nations are more supportive than might appear. The court can play a useful role, though it may not be delivering what it was meant to achieve.

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