I never wanted Kenyans at ICC jailed, says Raila
15 April 2016, 18:51
Nairobi - Cord chief Raila Odinga has denied claims that he wanted Kenyan’s who faced charges at the International Criminal Court(ICC) jailed.
Raila singled out the case of Deputy President William Ruto a former Orange Democratic Movement( ODM) official and emphasized that they believed he did not commit any offense as many of the victims belonged to the party.
“Ruto’s freedom was of particular concern to the as it proved, as we had always maintained, that ODM did not plan any violence against other Kenyans. Ruto could not have planned for the eviction and murder of so many ODM supporters,” said Raila
“ Ruto certainly could not have evicted so many perceived ODM supporters from the remote parts of central Kenya where the party then had to hire buses and ferry people to Kisii, Kericho, Kakamega, Kisumu, Eldoret and other parts of western Kenya,” he added.
The former Premier earlier this week stirred controversy over the remarks he made in a TV interview while on a visit to France that the Kenya cases at the ICC collapsed because there was interference with witnesses and political intimidation.
In a press statement sent to newsrooms Thursday, Raila maintained that the collapse of the cases brings little to Kenya in terms of justice and an end to impunity which he noted has condemned the country to an orgy of violence with every election.
“While we all agree that our leaders got caught up in a mixture of botched investigations and subversion of the administration of justice, we must admit that the collapse of the I.C.C engagement with the Kenya situation denied this country the only chance it had to end the culture of impunity,” he said.
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