Bensouda withdraws President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case
ICC has withdrawn criminal charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta. In a statement the court said in light of the Trial Chamber’s December 3 â€œDecision on Prosecution’s application for a further adjournmentâ€, the Prosecution withdraws the charges against Mr Kenyata. The court said the evidence has not improved to such an extent that Mr Kenyataâ€™s alleged criminal responsibility can be proven beyond reasonable doubt.
For this reason, and in light of the Trial Chamberâ€™s rejection of the Prosecutionâ€™s request for an adjournment until the Government of Kenya complies with its co-operation obligations under the Rome Statute, the Prosecution withdraws its charges.
As noted by the Trial Chamber, this withdrawal is without prejudice to the possibility of bringing new charges against Mr Kenyata â€œat a later date, based on the same or similar factual circumstances, should [the Prosecution] obtain sufficient evidence to support such a course of action.