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April 9th, 2013
05:01 PM ET

Kenyan "Kennedy" indicted by ICC

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

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(CNN) – Kenya swore in its new president on Tuesday. Uhuru Kenyatta is the nation's fourth and youngest president. He follows in the footsteps of his father who was the nation's first president.

Law professor Charles Jalloh described the relationship between Kenya and the Kenyatta family this way:

[:16] "There's a long history of Kenyatta. That would be in a sense equivalent to I guess the Kennedys in the United States."

The election was seen as a critical test for Kenya's 50-year-old democracy. Elections four years ago resulted in significant bloodshed. But this time around most of the disputes were dealt with in court.

But the specter of another court looms over this victory.

That's because President Kenyatta was indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Kenyatta has pledged his cooperation with the court and maintains his innocence. Still, the situation raises many questions for Kenya and for international law.

Political science professor Chip Carey worries that if Kenyatta disputes any actions by the ICC, few of its allies would attempt to intervene:

[2:24] "The United States depends on Kenya to fight al Queda and other terrorist groups," Carey says.

The White House has congratulated Kenyatta and urged Kenyans "to peacefully accept the results" of the election.

The trial against Kenyatta is scheduled to begin in July.

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  1. Cornell (GO BIG RED!)

    oh, and excellent report. meant to write that earlier.

    GO BIG RED!

    April 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cornell (GO BIG RED!)

    The ICC has been effectively knee-capped apparently. Go Kenya, I guess.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KayKay

    Yet another corrupt n()gger, just like Obaman()gger.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
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