The ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, said in a terse statement that the charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta had to be withdrawn because the evidence against him had “not improved to such an extent that Mr Kenyatta’s alleged criminal responsibility can be proven beyond reasonable doubt”.

The president’s official press release said: “I am excited by this news, which I have awaited ever since the day my name was announced to the world in connection with the case. I am also deeply relieved by this decision, which is overdue by 6 years.”

Kenyatta was charged before the court in 2012 due to alleged crimes against humanity committed in 2007 during the post-election violence in Kenya which led to over 1000 deaths.

He pleaded not guilty.

On Wednesday, judges at the court said that more delays in the case would not be in the interests of justice. Prosecutors were given a week to decide whether to pursue their case or to drop charges.

Bensouda’s statement comes a week before Kenya’s independence day celebrations (December 12).

Source: BBC Africa.