Ocampo Six ordered to appear at Hague

A picture released on December 15, 2010 by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) shows a combo of the six Kenyans, named today by prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, alleged to have masterminded the 2007-08 post-election violence that claimed 1,500 lives. ICC took charge of trying key suspects in connection with what was the country's worst violence since independence in 1963, after Nairobi last year failed to set up a tribunal in line with agreements that ended the chaos. The prosecutors previously indicated that the suspects are from or linked to the two sides of Kenya's coalition government, formed after a contested presidential election and the ensuing bloodbath. First column from top : William Samoie Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey, Joshua Arap Sang. Second column from top : Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, and Major Gemeral Mohammed Hussein Ali. AFP PHOTO / ICC

What you need to know:

  • Six Kenyans, among them powerful individuals, have been ordered by the International Criminal Court to appear before it over atrocities committed during the post-election violence. The ICC pre-trial chamber wants the six to go before it on April 7 for a hearing that could lead to the confirmation of the charges against them and thereafter a full trial. No warrants of arrest were issued by the judges.

The International Criminal Court judges on Tuesday summoned deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Civil Service boss Francis Muthaura and former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali to The Hague for their role in the post election violence.

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