The international criminal court case against the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, collapsed after prosecutors admitted they lacked evidence, casting doubt on whether the decade-old court can hold the powerful to account.
In a court filing on Friday, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said Kenya had not handed over the bank and phone records the court was demanding, leaving it without a case before the scheduled October 7 start.
The case against Kenyatta, accused of stoking inter-ethnic violence in which 1,200 died after Kenya’s 2007 presidential elections, had been postponed several times as prosecutors tried to gather evidence.
The collapse of the case is a severe blow for the court, the first permanent war crimes tribunal, which was set up in The Hague with the aim of ensuring that people accused of the most serious international crimes face justice.
“The accused person in this case is the head of a government that has so far failed fully to comply with its obligations to the court,” Bensouda said in a filing, asking judges to adjourn the case indefinitely.
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