Former International Criminal Court prosecutor: Kenya cases helped prevent repeat of violence

The former International Criminal Court chief prosecutor says cases he launched prosecuting violence after Kenya's 2007 elections were game-changers that helped prevent a repeat of the deadly rampages following this month's vote.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo says deterring postelection bloodletting was one of his goals when he indicted six prominent Kenyans for alleged involvement in the 2007 violence, which killed more than 1,000 people.

He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday that this month's vote featured "the same players, but playing a different game."

Moreno-Ocampo also revealed he once unsuccessfully petitioned judges at the court to issue arrest warrants for people suspected of intimidating Kenyan witnesses.

His successor this week dropped charges against a Kenyan suspect due to lack of evidence.