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Annan threatens Kenyan leaders, Kibaki and Raila with international prosecutions

Posted by African Press International on January 27, 2008

Nairobi (Kenya) Former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan on Saturday warned those inciting post electoral violence in Kenya that they could be dragged before the International Court of Justice in The Hague to face charges for crime against humanity.

Addressing the press in Nairobi, Annan underscored the need for investigations on the systematic abuse of human rights during which more than 600 people have been killed during electoral violence since last month.

Annan who arrived in Nairobi recently to facilitate dialogue between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader, Raila Odinga, early on Saturday visited the hard-hit Rift Valley province.

We saw a heart-wrecking and systematic abuse of human rights and its important that those responsible to be held accountable, said Annan.

The Ex-UN chief, appealed to the government to tighten security in the affected regionsn and also compensate victims of the violence.

At least 25 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in Nakuru town in Rift valley since Thursday.

The Kenyan government has so far imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the town in a bid to contain pitched battles between tribal gangs.

Published by Korir, API africanpress@getmail.no source.apa

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