ICC drops charges against a co-accused of Kenya’s new president, president still faces trial

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has dropped charges against Francis Muthaura, a co-accused of Kenya’s presidential election winner Uhuru Kenyatta, the prosecutor has said.

Francis Muthaura

Fatou Bensouda dropped the charges after a key witness recanted his testimony.

Mr Muthaura was accused of fuelling violence after the 2007 election.

Mr Kenyatta, who won last week’s election, is due to be tried later this year on similar charges.

Ms Bensouda stressed that her decision had no relation to Mr Kenyatta’s election victory.

“My decision today is based only on the specific facts of the case against Mr Muthaura, and not on any other consideration,” she said in a statement.

“While we are all aware of political developments in Kenya, these have no influence, at all, on the decisions that I make.”

BBC

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