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Kibaki: Kenya working on local trial for Ocampo 4

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    President Kibaki has said
    Kenya has not lost hope of
    having four of its nationals
    facing crimes against
    humanity at the
    International Criminal Court (ICC) tried at home.

    He urged Kenyans to
    remain calm as the
    government pursues a
    local mechanism to try
    Deputy Prime Minister
    Uhuru Kenyatta, former head of the public service
    Francis Muthaura, Eldoret
    North MP William Ruto and
    radio presenter Joshua
    arap Sang for crimes
    committed during the 2007/08 post election
    violence. He said the victims of the
    chaos deserved justice
    while the suspects had a
    right to a fair hearing. "I am also aware of the
    concerns that the
    upcoming ICC cases have
    caused among Kenyans. I
    am also cognisant of the
    fact that this House passed a motion that Kenya pulls
    out of the ICC. "Victims of post-election
    violence deserve justice.
    The Kenyans facing trials
    also deserve a fair and legal
    hearing," said President
    Kibaki during a State of the Nation address in
    Parliament, Tuesday. "In the meantime, I call on
    Kenyans to remain calm
    even as we pursue the
    option of having a local
    mechanism to deal with
    any international crimes. The matter of the ICC must
    also not be politicised," said
    the President. The four Kenyans are due
    to face trial for the chaos
    that left 1,133 people dead
    and 650,000 uprooted
    from their homes at The
    Hague-based court in the coming months. The ICC took over the
    cases after the government
    failed to establish a local
    tribunal to prosecute the