ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda Threatens Kenya with Sanctions
International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday threatened sanctions against the government if it fails to cooperate. Bensouda said her office expects to receive all the information she needs by December, failure to which she will ask the court to impose sanctions on Kenya.
“In both meetings with President Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga as well as with the Cabinet sub-committee, I stressed that time is of the essence given that our final list of evidence is due on January 9, 2013. The submission of this evidence is essential for giving the defence a fair trial,” Bensouda said.
“I expressed my strong desire to receive all the requested information by the end of November to en- able me to comply with my obligations to the defence. I was assured by the committee that they will take appropriate steps to ensure that I am provided with the information without delays.”
In addition, Bensouda said police and civil servants who had hesitated in giving evidence will be interviewed as she seeks to build a water-tight case against the 2007-08 post-election violence suspects — Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Francis Muthaura and Joshua Sang.
Bensouda has since she arrived on Monday held talks with President Kibaki and PM Raila Odinga on Tuesday, the cabinet sub-committee that deals with ICC matters, the Chief Justice, Director of Public Prosecution, Director of Witness Protection and Commissioner of Police.
Other top government officials she met were the NSIS director general Michael Gichangi, mem- bers of the diplomatic commu- nity stationed in the country and civil society groups.
Yesterday she visited an IDP camp in Nakuru. Speaking after her visit, Bensouda said she had conveyed her office’s concerns to President Kibaki and PM Raila regarding delays in the government’s response to a number of requests by the Ofice of the Prosecutor.
“They assured me of their willingness to ensure timely and effective execution of the pend- ing requests. They instructed the Attorney-General and the Cabinet Sub-Committee to facili- tate expeditious responses to my Office’s requests,” she said.
The prosecutor wants the government to provide her office with the financial and bank state- ments of the suspects, their medi- cal records and some recordings from from the Communication Commission of Kenya.
Bensouda will today travel to Eldoret to visit the Kiambaa church, where 17 people were burnt to death in the 2007-08 post-election violence. They were among scores who had sought refuge at the church to escape the violence.
Source: The Star
kenya should withdraw from international criminal court just like united states. We cannot allow foreigners dictating to kenyans anymore. I regret what happened during the 2008 elections violence but kenyans should not allow foreigners run the affairs anymore.
@al, It is sad that some Kenyans have short-term amnesia! Are you forgetting that Kenyan government was given an opportunity to handle post election violence cases but failed to form a special tribunal to investigate the cases? The ICC stepped in for the sake of the victims and opened investigations in March 2010. Kenya repeatedly promised to cooperate with the investigations but never did. However, when the ICC prosecutor requested summons for six high-profile suspects in December 2010, the government balked, opting for strategies to postpone or prevent prosecutions. YES, we need foreigners to fight for the victims' rights and justice - most of them are still homeless & languishing in poverty. You cannot compare Kenyan & USA justice systems.
DON'T BE VAGUE, LET US GO TO HAGUE --- Simple minds often forget this phrase after drinking Romnesia. It is only a simple mind that can suggest that Kenya withdraws from ICC when told the truth. What do you suggest next -- withdraw from UN, AU, COMESA, East African Community, and all other international bodies that criticize us?
Just to let Pato and John Maina know you can respond to any comments without insults just use facts.
A country joins any international body to pursue the interest of that country and citizens based on mutual respect. Like I said I regret what happens to the victims of any violence. ICC is a court that applies different standards to different countries. For example, I would like ICC to issue arrests warrant for former US president George W Bush and his officials because of IRAQ war because that war was based on lies (weapon of mass destruction). However they have not. I believe they are worried the US government might cut funding to united nations. The Kenyan government can only stop the bullying from this foreign governments by standing up to them. Can u imagine ICC prosecutor going to US congress or senate and demand documents? Please remember western government preach what they do not practice.
@al, No insults intended. I understand your rationale about ICC's double standards. My specificity is all about justice for the POV's victims. Our government clearly portrayed it's weakness by failing to come up with measures to deal with the crisis for 2 good years! If you"ve been to these POV's victims' camps & witness 1st hand the ramification of that crisis, you will be chocked with painful emotions for months.
If Kenya would have acted like an accountable sovereign state, then, ICC would not have steeped in. I also understand why the gov top guns did not want to deal with high profile individuals, afraid of collateral damage to the top. We all know it was as a result of irregularities with the presidential post and neither Raila nor Kibaki wanted to deal with it. So ICC route is not the most preferred but sensible at this time.
Al, you said "A country joins any international body to pursue the interest of that country and citizens based on mutual respect." I agree -- but who says ICC does not serve the interests of our country and interests? I think the ICC is serving us just right as we requested when we signed the Rome statue. Where were you when we did that? Please do not compare the USA case with Kenya -- America is not a signatory of the Rome statue. Using lame excuses to protect PEV suspects instead of advocating for the IDPs is an immoral act and you know it.