January 19, 2012 / 1:48 PM / 8 years ago

Kenyan support for ICC trial falls: poll

Three Kenyan suspects (back row from L to R), William Ruto (L), Henry Kosgey (C) and Joshua Arap Sang (R), accused of crimes against humanity in their country's post-election violence in 2007-08, make their initial appearance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague April 7, 2011. REUTERS/Pool

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Support in Kenya for the International Criminal Court’s efforts to put on trial six Kenyans suspected of orchestrating mass killings in 2007 has fallen, reflecting worries about the impact of the case on Kenya’s stability, a survey showed on Thursday.

The Ipsos-Synovate poll conducted on December 12-19 showed support for the process had dropped to 54 percent from 59 percent recorded in an separate survey in October.

Respondents who opposed it said they believed local courts should handle the trial or that they feared the process would divide Kenya. Those in favour saw it as the only way to ensure justice for the victims or prevent a repeat of the violence.

The ICC is due to rule by Monday whether to try the six men including the finance minister and a former cabinet minister. Both of them plan to run in presidential elections expected later this year or early 2013.

More than 1,200 people were killed and about 350,000 displaced by the violence that followed a disputed presidential election in December 2007, damaging Kenya’s economy and reputation for stability in a turbulent region.

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