In Nairobi, Kenya, four Kenyan leaders were charged by the International Criminal Court in The Hague with crimes against humanity during the post-election violence in 2007 that killed at least 1,000 people.
Two of the four men charged include Uhuru Kenyatta, deputy prime minister, finance minister and son of the country's founder president, Jomo Kenyatta, and William Ruto, former higher education minister. Both men plan to run for president in upcoming elections, aware that rulings in this case may affect their campaigns.
Allegations include violent conflict between the major contenders and their respective camps. Kenyatta, a part of the Kikuyu camp, and Ruto, a Kalenjin, are both aware of the involvement of both camps in much of the post-election violence in December of 2007. As reported by The Wall Street Journal Africa, the court states that both ethnic groups mobilized militias to attack political rivals and are accused of organizing murder and forcible transfer of people and rape.
The Associated Press via The Washington Post reported The ICC prosecutor commended Kenya's political leaders for cooperating with the international tribunal.
The International tribunal officials have since warned Kenyan leaders and political hopefuls against acts of 'organized intimidation,' making it clear those parties not in accordance will be held accountable.