Former ICC judge warns errant African leaders
27 September 2013, 18:31
Kampala - Former Judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Daniel Ntanda Nserekohas, has warned African leaders who continue to commit atrocities against humanity that the arm of the law will soon catch up them.
He said this on Thursday while delivering a paper entitled 'Walking the Journey of international Criminal justice' in a seminar organized by Parliamentarians for Global Action in Uganda for members to understand the challenges for Domestic Prosecution by member Countries.
Ntanda said, "International Criminal Court serves as a perpetual notice to those in authority that there is no one above the law. They should be aware that they will answer the charges accordingly because there is a prosecutor at the Hague who is monitoring their conduct."
He warned that any African leader found guilty of crimes against humanity will be prosecuted accordingly.
Commenting on the threat by the Kenyan Government to withdraw from the Rome Statute, Ntanda said that Kenyan leaders tried to set up a national tribunals to try perpetrators of the 2007/08 post election violence locally in vain.
Ntanda noted that it was upon that background that some cases were referred to the ICC and wondered why there was an exchange of words regarding the same.
His warning comes at a time when African leaders are planning to meet in Ethiopia to review the Rome Statute and decide whether they should remain member states on grounds that ICC has lost track especially when dealing with African leaders.
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