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Uhuru mocks hapless ICC, Bensouda

22 January 2015, 19:04 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has mocked the International Criminal Court ICC over the manner in which they handled his crimes against humanity case.

The president, in a statement released by his defence team, stated that the ICC had performed a miscarriage of justice in insisting on dragging his name in the mud when they knew full well they had no evidence to prosecute him.

He added that the actions of the prosecution team led by Fatou Bensouda to put him in a position where he was an accused was unfortunate.

Further, he said that the move to treat him in a manner suggesting he was in the wrong can be judged as prosecurial impunity despite knowing well in advance they had no evidence against him.

" Rights to ensure fairness by the Prosecution towards an accused that would have been expected in any jurisdiction were plainly not employed in this case".

" The failure to check credibility of witnesses, willful blindness to obvious fabrication of stories by witnesses in the pursuit of a case, represented an unreasonable campaign to prosecute an individual at all costs".

" We can agree that any reasonable jurisdictions would consider it gross abuse of power," he added.

He also accused the ICC of pulling way above its weight in determining the admissibility of evidence, saying it had failed in his case to protect him from the judicial process despite the fact that there was admittance on the part of the prosecution to lacking evidence.

" The ICC structure that even permitted counsel for the victims to make representations to continue the proceedings, notwithstanding the admission of insufficiency of evidence by the Prosecutor, reflects a system that pays little attention to the validity of the case but more to the image that it is pursuing campaigns against impunity.

"The irony that Uhuru Kenyatta was subjected to in these proceedings is clear and obvious and amounts to nothing less than prosecutorial impunity," he added.

Uhuru was released late last year after Bensouda admitted she had no evidence to prosecute the president, saying that she needed more time to find evidence, something the trial judges did not agree with.

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