Election violence suspects: Kenyans react

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has accused six high-profile Kenyans of being behind the violence that followed the disputed 2007 elections.

Some 1,200 people died and more than 500,000 fled homes in the violence. In the peace deal that followed it was agreed perpetrators would face justice in Kenya or at the ICC in The Hague.

BBC News website users in Kenya have been giving their views on where justice should be dispensed.

Edward Musengeri in Kakamega sees the ICC as only hope for justice

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Image caption The violence after the 2007 election took Kenya to the brink of civil war

"I was in one of the regions most affected by the violence, Kakamega. I saw what was happening, the situation was very bad and I was forced to hide to save my life.

When the envelope with the names was handed to Kofi Annan, he gave our government a golden opportunity to set up a local tribunal.

Surprisingly the members of parliament rejected the bill twice when it was tabled in the house. Even if they had set it up in Kenya, it wouldn't have been fair.

Therefore I urge Luis Moreno Ocampo to go ahead and prosecute those perpetrators immediately. The government of Kenya has let us down. The ICC is the only place where justice can be found."

Timothy in Nakuru does not think the ICC can deliver justice

"The work of the ICC is partial and if they are not going to raise the standards, they have no business investigating people. Whether by design or default, politics can be read all over the work of this court.

Justice can only be attained through justice and the ICC needs to start by asking the leaders to give an account of what they recall. The leaders should be held responsible - they at least have a case to answer. The violence was a result of the stolen election.

At first I supported the ICC handling these cases, but now I feel that it should have taken more time to study this situation and do independent inquiries.

I don't think it is the right body to carry this out. Kenya has a new constitution to deal with injustices - both current and in the future. Commissions in Kenya should be opening dialogue with each other so that different tribes can live together in peace."

James in Nairobi feels opinion falls along urban/rural divide

"The experience after the 2007 election was terrible. I was in Nairobi at that time - my family was living in Eldoret and were affected by the violence.

I think it would be fairer if these people were sent to The Hague. With the history of our judiciary, if they try and do it here the victims will not get justice.

We are happy about this news because, at the end of the day, victims will have justice and we will know the exact people who have perpetrated the violence.

We've seen so many things happening - so many people were killed, we must be able to get to the truth. The Hague is the place where these things will be made known.

I think most people in urban areas agree with me - they are more enlightened. People in rural areas are easily convinced that sending people to The Hague is not a good idea. They feel like their people are being persecuted, they feel: 'Our man should not be taken to The Hague.'"

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