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International Criminal Court; Kenya: Opposition Files Case Against Government

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the Kenyan opposition party, filed a case against the Kenyan government before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, over the government's "mishandling of the protests" following the December 2007 election results. The ODM accuses the Kenyan police of adopting a "shoot to kill policy" during the protests. The police insisted that they have conducted themselves with restraint.

The Kenyan government revealed plans to file a countersuit for genocide. Alfre Mutua, a government spokesperson, accused the ODM leaders of planning and executing genocide in connection with the violence that targeted the Kikuyu community in the Rift Valley, Nairobi Slums, and Mombassa. (Kenya Sued over Police 'Crimes,' BBC NEWS, Jan. 22, 2008, available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7203214.stm.)