Kenya guns for trial, prosecution of former ICC boss Ocampo

Dr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, former first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Photo : Edelstam Foundation

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Kenya has thrown its weight behind an “independent, impartial and neutral body” to investigate the former prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo for wrongly accusing incumbent President President Uhuru among six others.

Local media on Friday reported that Kenya’s Solicitor General Ken Ogeto, voiced the support for the investigations which the ICC has apparently hinted.

Mr. Ogeto said the ICC investigations should include other officers of the International Criminal Court that worked with Mr. Ocampo at the time of the inculpation of the six Kenyans.

It can be recalled that on December 14, 2010, Mr Ocampo named six Kenyans as “bearing the greatest responsibility” for the 2007-8 post-election violence that killed an estimated 1,300 people and displaced more than 600,000.

Incumbent President Kenyatta was serving as deputy Prime Minister at the time of the violence.

The case against the six was scrapped by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda several years later after key witnesses pulled out while others recanted their evidence.

On October 7, 2017, Kenya’s leading daily newspaper, “The Nation”, published a story where Mr Ocampo admitted to several international media that the cases against the six Kenyans were weak.

Mr. Ocampo reportedly told the New York Times reporter James Verini, in June 2016, that he knew all along that he had a weak case against them (six Kenyans) but decided to push on with them nonetheless.

The other accused persons included incumbent Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto who then served as Agriculture minister; former Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura and then Police Commissioner Maj Gen (Rtd) Hussein Ali, as well as the country’s former Industrialization minister Henry Kosgey and radio journalist Joshua Sang.

Insisting on his stance to pursue Mr. Ocampo, Kenya’s Solicitor General Ken Ogeto said “the allegations against the former prosecutor should not be swept under the carpet.”

Mr Ogeto told the ongoing 17th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute at the ICC in The Hague, The Netherlands. that Kenya welcomes efforts by Ms Bensouda to institute investigations and take action against those found culpable.

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