December date for six Kenya chaos suspects

Tuesday November 16 2010

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said he will present names of six post-election violence suspects to the ICC Judges before the year ends November 16, 2010. FILE

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said he will present names of six post-election violence suspects to the ICC Judges before the year ends November 16, 2010. FILE 

By BENJAMIN MUINDI, [email protected]

The International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said he will present names of six post-election violence suspects to the ICC Judges before the year ends.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo, speaking through a video link, said he has been collecting evidence against the individuals who used their communities to carry out crimes against humanity.

He said the suspects will be drawn from both the Party of National Unity (PNU) and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

"We’ll prove that some leaders from both parties, both sides, were abusing the loyalty of their communities to attack others,” he said.

“This will never happen again.

“For the last months we were collecting evidence to present the case before the judges who will review our application and decide,” he said in a video recording at his offices in The Hague.

The video clip, shot on Monday, was shared Tuesday by a part of ICC team that is conducting a two-week training for journalists in Nairobi.

“The crimes committed were serious,” Mr Ocampo went on.

“They were not just crimes against one community or Kenya; but crimes against humanity and justice has to be done.”

“This is why the ICC is important,” he added. 

The violence that was sparked by a disputed presidential election left 1,133 Kenyans dead and 650,000 others displaced.

“We hope that the ICC will contribute to the prevention of future crimes in Kenya. But it’s not just the work of the ICC, it’s a common challenge.” 

He noted that Kenyans will have to face the challenge as well as work together to compensate the victims of the violence - those who were displaced, tortured or rape.

“The people will also have to work together and select a new leadership in 2012 and ensure that the General Elections are peaceful.”

“It is a challenge but you will not be alone. We will work together to ensure that there is justice in Kenya and no more violence in the future.”

Two weeks ago, Eldoret North MP William Ruto visited the Hague for a meeting with Mr Moreno-Ocampo to "set the record straight".

Mr Ruto said he had requested the meeting to record a statement with the court.

He said: “I asked for an appointment with Ocampo and his group so that we can set the record straight and get to the truth and I’m happy that they gave me the appointment.”

On his return, the suspended Higher Education minister said he was satisfied with his trip and that he held successful discussions with ICC investigators.