News / Africa

ICC Prosecutor Sets December 17 Deadline for Kenya Indictments

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo delivers a speech during the opening session of Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation forum hosted by the Kofi Annan Foundation in Nairobi, 02 Dec 2010
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo delivers a speech during the opening session of Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation forum hosted by the Kofi Annan Foundation in Nairobi, 02 Dec 2010
TEXT SIZE - +
Michael Onyiego

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has revealed indictments for Kenya's post-election chaos will be handed down in as little as two weeks.

After months of anticipation and speculation, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo answered some questions regarding his investigation into the violence that rocked Kenya in 2007 and 2008.  

Speaking at a meeting hosted by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in Nairobi, Moreno-Ocampo announced he would present his case to judges at the International Criminal Court before December 17th. "There are two different cases, each involving three individuals who have to face justice.  They have to go to The Hague.  Their names will be known," he said.

The targets of the Prosecutor's investigation have been the subject of wide speculation over the past 9 months in Kenya.

Two local commissions, the Waki Commission and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, have conducted similar investigations into the post-election chaos, the findings of which were sent to the Prosecutor.

But some politicians mentioned in the reports, such as Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former Higher Education Minister William Ruto have criticized those findings.

In November, Ruto accused KNHCR Chairman Hassan Omar Hassan of bribing and coaching witnesses.  Ruto revealed himself to be one of the prosecutor's suspects after he flew to The Hague to provide a statement.

Critics of Moreno-Ocampo have condemned his use of these reports in his investigation and questioned the accuracy of his case. But the prosecutor hit back at his detractors. "We received information from the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Waki Commission.  Their work was fundamental in deciding to open an investigation into Kenya.  We collected new evidence, new testimonies, new videos, new documents," Ocampo says, "There are no doubts that massive crimes were committed in Kenya."

The Prosecutor also warned those he believed were tampering with his investigation.
Since Ruto's accusation against Hassan Omar Hassan, several Kenyan's have come forward in local media claiming to have been bribed by the human rights commission to give false testimony.  The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights admitted to providing housing to witnesses as part of its protection program, but denied paying bribes or falsifying statements.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported Ruto's Lawyer, Charles Koech, had located witnesses under the ICC protection program in Tanzania.  Koech told the AP the witnesses had been coached and wished to recant their previous statements.

Moreno-Ocampo responded to the report, telling the audience not one of the people identified in the media is actually involved with his case.  He then hit back at those alleging coercion and bribery. "I want to be clear.  Under the Rome Statute, my office has jurisdiction to prosecute those people for obstructing justice.  I heavily put them on notice."

Moreno-Ocampo is looking to try the architects of violence in 2007 and 2008 which left over 1,000 dead.  In 2007, President Mwai Kibaki and then-rival Raila Odinga disputed the results of the December presidential elections, setting off two months of ethnic violence across the country.  The investigation was launched in March of this year in response to Kenya's failed attempts to seek justice for the victims of the violence.

You May Like

Photogallery Pope's Easter Prayer: Peace in Ukraine, Syria

Pontiff also calls for end to terrorist acts in Nigeria, violence in Iraq, and success in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians More

Abdullah Holds Lead in Afghan Presidential Election

Country's Election Commission says that with half of the ballots counted, former FM remains in the lead with 44 percent of the vote More

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cyber War

As tensions between Kyiv and Moscow escalate, so too has frequency of online attacks targeting government, news and financial sites More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid