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UN expert: Family threatened over Kenya ICC trial

Updated at: 09/21/2013 5:36 AM
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(AP) NAIROBI, Kenya - A United Nations expert says his family is under threat after bloggers in Kenya identified him as a witness in the trials of Kenya’s leaders at the International Criminal Court.

Maina Kiai said Saturday police informed him a militia group was planning on burning his family homestead in the central Kenya town of Nyeri. Kiai says he is not a witness at the ICC.

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto, President Uhuru Kenyatta and broadcaster Joshua Sang are accused of orchestrating violence that killed more than 1,000 people following a flawed election in late 2007.

ICC judges this week warned against intimidation of witnesses after an attempt was made to reveal the identity of the first witness, who is protected, in the trial of the Deputy President William Ruto.

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