Pressure mounts on ICC to drop Kenya cases
24 December 2013, 18:00
Webuye - Bungoma Anglican Bishop George Mechumo has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to drop the cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua Sang, noting that the court has no capability of bringing justice.
Citing the mass recanting of statements earlier issued by key witnesses to the court and the recent admission by ICC’s Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that she has no evidence to sustain full trial against President Kenyatta, the clergyman said the cases against the Kenyan trio at the Hague based court are set for an imminent collapse.
“ There is no logic really in dragging our head of state and his deputy before an international court , humiliating all their subjects in Kenya when the court has no concrete evidence against them. The court should save it’s face , especially amongst African nations who are seeing it as targeting African leaders, by dismissing the cases,” Mechumo told journalists after overseeing the ordination of priests at St Mathews ACK cathedral in Webuye on Monday.
The cleric observed that the post election violence in the country was spontaneous and it was unfair for the court to zero down on the three Kenyans and say they bore maximum responsibility, adding that whatever precipitated the anarchy that ensued is common knowledge.
“ Kenyatta and Ruto at that time between 2007-2008 were under a government which had the head of state . Neither was Ruto the leader of opposition during that time, the court erred in making them appear culpable for the PEV,” said Mechumo .
Bensouda applied to the Trial Chamber to adjourn President Kenyatta’s case that was slated to start on February 5, 2014, noting that one of her key witnesses had been withdrawn after he admitted to have given false evidence to the Prosecution.
The chief prosecutor applied for the adjournment of the case to give her office more time to gather new evidence that can stand the threshold of trial.
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