Top lawyer backs ICC stance on Uhuru/ Ruto
27 November 2013, 17:56
Nairobi - A prominent human rights lawyer welcomed the move by the
State Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to reject
Kenya’s request to grant immunity to sitting heads of states from prosecution.
Kenya was pushing for the court to halt such trials until
the leaders competed their terms in office.
Lawyer George Omwoe claimed locals had pinned their hopes
on the ICC for justice after years of violence perpetrated mostly by the state.
“Immunity of heads of states amounts to impunity. Kenya,
for instance has endured 50 years of impunity where government of the day did
nothing to bring justice for victims of the post- election violence. Most
victims and the affected communities have supported the International Criminal
(ICC) because of the realization that the court is
capable of dispensing justice even when the alleged perpetrators are the most
powerful members of the society,” Omwoe said.
His sentiments come days after ICC ruled that President
Uhuru Kenyatta would be expected to attend all the sessions at the beginning of
The ruling would only be overturned if the current
proposed amendments on the Rome Statute to allow sitting heads of states to
pick individuals who would represent them during the sittings sail through.
Kenyatta’s trial at The Hague is scheduled for early next
The ICC has jointly charged him with his Deputy, William
Ruto, for crimes against humanity arising from the violent 2007/08 poll.
More than 1 200 people are reported to have died in the
– CAJ News