Henry Kosgey

Henry Kiprono Kosgey was born in 1947 in Kenya as a member of the Kalenjin tribe.

Originally a member of the Kenya African National Union (KANU), he later joined the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), and in 2007 he was elected to parliament, representing the Tinderet Constituency in Nandi District, Rift Valley Province.

He served as the Chairman of the ODM and the Minister of Industrialization, a post from which he resigned on 4 January 2011.

As early as December 2006, Kosgey, together with his co-accused William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang, allegedly established a network with the goal of gaining power in the Rift Valley Province by committing crimes against supporters of the Party of National Unity (PNU).

After the disputed presidential election of December 2007, members of this network allegedly attached PNU supporters’ homes, killing and torturing civilians, and driving them from their homes. On 1 January 2008, they allegedly burnt down a church in Kiambaa with more than 100 people inside the church, killing 17.

On 15 December 2010, the Prosecutor of the ICC requested Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC to issue summonses to appear for Henry Kosgey, together with William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang, on the basis that there existed reasonable grounds to believe that they were criminally responsible for crimes against humanity, pursuant to article 7 of the Rome Statute.

Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC issued a summonses to appear on 15 March 2011. Kosgey and his co-accused made their initial appearance before the ICC on 7 April 2011. The Confirmation of Charges hearing is scheduled for 1 September 2011.

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