Judge at ICC refers Kenya govt to body overseeing court for non-cooperation

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A report monitored from Reuters, said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague has ruled that Kenya has failed to comply with its obligations to cooperate with the International Criminal Court in the case of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, referring the country for non-compliance.

The court found that “the Republic of Kenya had failed to comply with its obligations to cooperate with the ICC and referred the matter” to the court’s governing body, the court said in a statement on Monday.

Some local analyst have accused that the ICC and the international community as acting like an interested party in Kenyan politics, some has gone as far as attributing Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the last presidential election as a protest by Kenyans against what they see as undue interference in their local politics.

ICC had struggled to build case against Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta, forcing the body to drop charge against him in 2014, while in April this year the case against the deputy Ruto Williams also collapsed.

Chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, in 2014 filed a notice withdrawing allegations against the Uhuru Kenyatta accusing the Kenyan government of harassing and intimidating potential witnesses.

In her statement she said; “Given the state of the evidence in this case, I have no alternative but to withdraw the charges against Mr Kenyatta, I am doing so without prejudice to the possibility of bringing a new case should additional evidence become available.”

Kenyatta had been charged with crimes against humanity including murder, rape, persecution and deportation as an “indirect co-perpetrator” in violence that flared after Kenya’s 2007 elections, leaving more than 1,000 people dead.

The collapse of the case was a major blow to the credibility of the court’s prosecution office, so no surprise about the court’s latest ruling.

 

By Oruruo, Samuel O. AfricanQuarters

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