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NGO accuses govt of politicising ICC cases

19 June 2013, 16:08 Joseph Mukubwa

A non - governmental organization has called upon the Kenyan government to cooperate fully with the ICC court.

The organization dubbed Kenya Coalition for the International Criminal Court said that the Kenyan government is not sincere on the issue of non - cooperation.

State working hard to frustrate the ICC

The President of the organization Ken Wafula said there is every indication in the country that the state is working hard to frustrate the ICC.

Wafula, through a press statement, said the state through various state and political agencies is frantically trying to politicize the ICC cases in order to cloud the charges and the real issues under litigation at the ICC.

“There is a climate of fear and intimidation of victims, potential witnesses and human rights defenders perceived as pillars of the ongoing Hague cases. Witnesses have also reported to us how they are being approached through agents with offers of bribes to withdraw their testimonies,” he added.

The President said the group’s attention was drawn to the exchanges and counter accusations between the ICC Chief Prosecutor Bensouda and the Kenyan government through Attorney General Githu Muigai.

“The government should stop unholy practice of selective cooperation and act in full compliance with its obligation under the statute to ensure full, effective and meaningful cooperation which will enable the Chamber to access evidence that may assist in adjudicating the Kenyan cases,” he complained.

He reminded the government that Kenya as a States Party to the Rome Statute has an obligation to fully cooperate with ICC especially the Chief prosecutor as provided for under Article 86 and 87 of the Rome Statute.

Provide bank and financial statements of accused persons

“Kenya should provide the ICC court with the bank and financial statements of the accused persons to the court. This will help among other purposes; establish whether there were suspicious transactions on their accounts during the PEV,” he added.

He added that Kenya should also allow the ICC Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) access to regional security and provincial administration bosses who were in charge of various counties during PEV for grilling and interview.

The group also challenged Kenya to provide the court and the chief prosecutor with all the minutes and reports of the National Security Intelligence Services (NSIS) and the National Security Advisory Council relating to the post election as requested by the court.

He cautioned that if the ICC Prosecutor reports Kenya to the UN Security council, then the country will have jeopardized its current campaign to be elected as a non - permanent member of the council.

The Kenya Coalition for the ICC is a group of human rights NGOs and grassroots organizations in Kenya working around issues touching on the operations of ICC in Kenya.

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