- - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

KENYA

Deputy prime minister at war-crimes court

THE HAGUE — Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta appeared Wednesday before the International Criminal Court for a hearing to determine whether he will be tried for crimes against humanity.

“Our duty is to distinguish between those cases which should go to trial or not on the evidence provided,” said the court’s presiding judge, Ekaterina Trendafilova, as the hearing opened in The Hague.

“The confirmation-of-charges hearing is not a trial before a trial, nor is it a minihearing,” she said. “The suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.”

Prosecutors say Mr. Kenyatta masterminded “one of the most violent periods in Kenya’s history” in 2007-08, in which more than 1,000 people died in the wake of disputed elections.

A potential presidential candidate in 2012, Mr. Kenyatta, 49, is the son of Kenya’s founding father, Jomo Kenyatta.

President Mwai Kibaki’s right-hand man, Francis Muthaura, 64, and ex-Police Chief Mohammed Hussein Ali, 55, are also facing charges for their part in the violence. The three men remain free.

NIGERIA

Online rape video angers Nigerians

LAGOS — In a grainy video, a Nigerian woman repeatedly asks her attackers to kill her as they take turns raping her in a university dormitory. The five men only promise to drive her home, pushing her back down each time she starts to stand up.

Local authorities have dismissed the 10-minute video, which has ricocheted around the Internet in recent days.

However, Nigeria’s youth minister is calling for police to prosecute the men. Some Internet users disturbed by it are even offering rewards for information.

Activists in Nigeria say the video exposes an underreported epidemic of rape in Africa’s most populous nation, and they plan to march in coming days to draw attention to the case.

The video circulated for weeks around the campus of Abia State University near Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta before it was posted on the Internet. It appears to take place in a single-room dormitory or student hostel.

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