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ICC judges confirm cases against four top Kenyans

Posted by Administrator on January 23, 2012

A picture released on December 15, 2010 by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) shows a combo of the six Kenyans, named by prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, alleged to have masterminded the 2007-08 post-election violence that claimed 1,500 lives.

A picture released on December 15, 2010 by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) shows a combo of the six Kenyans, named by prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, alleged to have masterminded the 2007-08 post-election violence that claimed 1,500 lives.

Pre-trial Judges at International Criminal Court on Monday confirmed charges against four of the six Kenyan suspects claimed to have played the biggest role in the 2007 2008 post-election violence that took the country to the precipice of civil war.

In a majority decision, the judges confirmed charges against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and journalist Joshua arap Sang.

Charges against Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey and former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali were not confirmed after the Judges found insufficient grounds for sustaining them.

Judges Ekaterina Trendafilova and Cuno Tarfusser voted to the affirmative while Judge Hans-Peter Kaul dissented.

“After having thoroughly examined and analyzed individually and collectively all the evidence presented, the Chamber, by majority, decided to confirm the charges against four of the six suspects, as will be explained later in more detail.

“Judge Kaul appended a dissenting opinion in both cases. He maintains that the ICC is not competent because the crimes committed on the territory of the Republic of Kenya during the post‐election violence of 2007‐2008 in his view were serious common crimes under Kenyan criminal law, but not crimes against humanity as codified in Article 7 of the Rome Statute,” said Judge Trendafilova who read out the ruling.

“As to the criminal responsibility of Mr. Ruto and Mr. Sang, the Chamber found, on the basis of the evidence presented, that they are responsible for the charges levied against them.

“In particular, Pre‐Trial Chamber II confirmed the charges against Mr. Ruto as an indirect co‐ perpetrator with others, while it found that Mr. Sang contributed to the commission of said crimes against humanity.

“However, in relation to Mr. Kosgey, the Chamber found that the Prosecutor’s evidence failed to satisfy the evidentiary threshold required. The Chamber was not persuaded by the evidence presented by the Prosecutor of Mr. Kosgey’s alleged role within the organization.

“With respect to the criminal responsibility of Mr. Muthaura and Mr. Kenyatta, the Chamber was satisfied that the evidence also established substantial grounds to believe that they are criminally responsible for the alleged crimes having gained control over the Mungiki and directed them to commit the crimes.

“However, in relation to Mr. Ali, the Chamber found that the evidence presented does not provide substantial grounds to believe that the Kenya Police participated in the attack in or around Nakuru and Naivasha. Since Mr. Ali was charged with contributing to the crimes through the Kenya Police, the Chamber declined to confirm the charges against him.”

Mr Ruto held a press conference at his Karen residence immediately after the ruling had been made, where he insisted on his innocence and said his legal team will be looking at their options.

“These allegations are and will forever be strange to me. I have been and will forever be a stranger to the allegations against me. My legal team is going to analyse the different actions we will take as a team,” said Mr Ruto.

He added:” I am firmly in the (Presidential) race and to my worthy competitors let us meet at the ballot and let the will of Kenyans prevail.”

William Ruto, Henry Kosgey and journalist Joshua arap Sang each faced charges of murder, deportation or forcible transfer of the people, causing serious injury and persecution based on political affiliation.

ICC Prosecutor Moreno – Ocampo accused Mr Ruto and Mr Kosgey of planning attacks against PNU supporters as far back as December 2006.

The prosecutor claimed that Mr Sang used his radio programme to collect supporters and provide signals to members of the plan on when and where to attack.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo, in his application to the court, claimed that in response to the attacks, three “prominent PNU members and/or Government of Kenya officials Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mohammed Hussein Ali developed and executed a plan to attack perceived ODM supporters in order to keep the PNU in power.”

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/1312504/-/yx4xk8z/-/index.html

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5 Responses to “ICC judges confirm cases against four top Kenyans”

  1. ITHAVETHI said

    Uamuzi wa leo wa Mahakama ya Kimataifa ya Jinai ya kuwapata Wakenya wanne na hatia mbali mbali dhidi ya wananchi wa taifa letu, ni ufunguo wa kurasa mpya katika nchi yetu. Ni wazi kwamba siku ya leo yaweza kuingiza taifa letu katika madaftari ya historia hasa tukikumbuka vitendo vya kukosa utu vilivyotendawa Wakenya wa makabila ya Wakikuyu, Wakisii, Wakamba tangu hatamu ya rais Moi katika miaka ya 1988, 1992, 1997, 1998 na kilele chake hapo mwaka wa 2007, pale tu uchaguzi uliponukia ulipowadia.

    Uamuzi wa leo wa koti hilo sio ushindi wowote wengi wetu waliopoteza wapenzi wao lakini ni ishara mwafaka iliowaonya viongozi hasa wa Bonde la Ufa kwamba sheria za Kenya ni maandishi matupu tu lakini yale ya kimataifa yamo hai na ni ya kweli. Akitoa uamuzi huo kwa niaba ya jopo la majaji katika jiji la Hague, Jaji Trendafilova katu hakusinzia katika kwaakilisha wenzake.

    Ni kweli wenzetu wanawake na watoto wao waliochomwa moto katika hekalu takatifu ya Kiambaa hawatawahi kupata haki kamili. Ni kweli Wakisii wenzetu waaliovurugwa, kulemazwa, kuwaua na kuchomewa makaazi yao hawatapata mateso walioyapitia. Ni kweli kwamba wengine wengi kule Naivasha, Mombasa, Kisumu na kwingineko ambao waliadhiriwa vikali hawatawahi, maishani mwao, kumpata yeyote atayewarudishia walichopoteza katika miaka ya 2007/2008.

    La muhimu kwao ni kwamba kwa mara ya kwanza katika historia ya Kenya, walishuhudia jamii ya kimataifa wakihurumia na kujaribu kupata lambo la haki za kisheria. Kamwe, narudia tena….kamwe, Mwenyezi hatawaruhusu binadamu wengine kuwangaisha wananchi wasio na hatia kwa kuwachomea nyumba walizojenga na jasho yao, mashamba walionunua halali, biashara walizoanzisha kwa mujibu wa sheria zilizoko, eti kwa sababu wanataka kugombea viti vya urais, bunge, na vinginevyo.

    Kwetu sisi hatujali ni nani aliyeshukiwa, tuhumiwa, shitakiwa wala aliyepatikana na hatia yeyote. La muhimu kwa wale ambao miaka minane baadaya wangali wanaishi kama wanyama wa porini, ni kuwa haki imeonekana kutendwa. Kilichoanza kutokomea sasa ni uhalifu dhidi ya bibadamu, mauji ya kiholela holela, uhamishaji wa mabavu, ubakaji na mateso kwa wenzetu ambao walichowatendea viongozi wa Kalenjin na Wamasai haieleweki hata!

    Pengine serikali sasa itaanza kuthamini usalama kwa watu wake; Blah blah zisizokwisha za viongozi waliotuimbia zimetuchosha. Kuzitumia nyadhifa zao kuwaletea Wakenya wenzetu huzuni pengine sasa itakoma. Natuombe!!

  2. ITHAVETHI said

    Uamuzi wa Mahakama ya Kimataifa ya Jinai ya ICC ulivyofanywa leo ulikuwa ushindi mkubwa kwa wote walioadhiriwa punde baada ya uchaguzi wa 2007 ambako zaidi ya wapenzi wetu 1300 walipoteza maisha yao, wengi wakaachwa mayatima, wengine wakachomewa na kuibiwa mifugo yao, na wengine pia wakalemazwa wasijue la kufanya. Ingawa huku ni kama kulamba ladha ya haki ya kisheria, taifa letu limefungua ukurasa mwingine mpya wa kuwakomesha viongozi wasiokomaa kiakili wa kuwaletea dhiki Wakenya watafutapo uongozi.

    Kwa wingi, haiharishi ni nani alipatikana na hatia na ninyupi aliyeepuka mshipi shingoni. La maana hasa ni kwamba, kasumba ya miaka ya 1988, 1989, 1992, 1998, 2002 na kilele cha 2007 ambapo viongozi hasa wa KANU na ODM kutoka mkoa wa Bonde la Ufa waliyatimua makabila ya Wakikuyu, Wakisii, Wakamba, Wateso na makabila mengine waliofanya makazi katika eneo hilo sasa watawekwa darubini na jamii za kimataifa. Uamuzi wa leo pia uliwakumbusha baadhi ya Wakenya wanawasikiza viongozi hawa wahuni kujiingiza kwa vitendo vya jinai kwamba Kenya sio nchi ya kabila fulani ila ni nchi ya wote waongeapo lugha moja ya kiswahili.

    Ni ukweli kwamba nchi yetu sasa itaingia katika madaftari ya historia kwa kuwashitaki na kuwahukumu viongozi waliofadhili na na kutekeleza mashambulizi dhidi ya Wakenya ambao hatia yao ilikuwa tu kununua mali na kuishi mstarehe katika nchi yao. Nina changamka ninapoona nchi yetu ikipiga hatua kabambe kama hii kwa kuonyesha ishara kwa walioadhirika kwamba sheria za Kenya ni makaratasi yenye maandishi lakini zile za kimataifa ni za mlio wa haki na ukweli.

    Wanawake na watoto waliochoma moto katika Hekalu ya Mwenyezi Mungu ya Kiambaa sasa hivi wananongonezana tu; waliochomewa nyumba zao na kwa sasa wanaishi kama fisi wa mwituni miaka minane baadaye sasa wananuna nuna tu; walioibiwa mifugo yao na mali zao ndio sasa wanatikisa vichwa wasiamini lolote; Yote haya yakitazamwa na viongozi wa wilaya ya Narok, Bomet, Kapsuya, Burnt Forest, Timboroa, Mlima Elgon, Kapenguria, Molo, Njoro, Rongai, Eldoret, Mombasa, Nairegi Angare, Enoo Supukia, Naivasha nk.

    Akitoa uamuzi wa leo kwa niaba ya jopo la majaji wengine, Jaji Trendafilova alionekana mwanamke ambaye anaielewa kazi yake ipasavyo. Kujaribu kukata rufaa dhidi ya uamuzi wa leo ni bure birashi. Pengine mawakiri zao wanatakiwa wawafahamishe wateja wao kwamba mtuhumiwa anapopatwa na hatia hasa katika nchi za kimatifa, yuatakikana kufunga mdomo na kumpa wakiri wake fursa ya kuchagua maneno. Hapo ndipo huruma yangu inamwangukia Ruto na mwenzake Sang.

    Siku ya kiama ifikapo, sote tutajibu maswali mengi bayana kwa Mwenyezi Mungu. Kwa Uhuru, Ruto, Sang na Muthaura, wakati wao umeshawadia. Cha kushangaza ni kwamba wengi ya waliokuwa katika mstari wa kwanza wa kuwavuruga Wakenya wanaranda randa tu mitaani huku wakiomba omba kura wananchi wale wale walioadhiriwa. Itachukua muda mrefu kwa Wakenya kukomaa kisiasa na kuwachagua viongozi wao katika misingi ya maswala yaliopo. Ukabila umesheheni katika mizizi ya Wakenya kiasi kwamba Wajaluo wote watampigia kura Raila, Wakalenjin watu wao, Wakikuyu watu wao, Wakamba na Waluhya…….Ni lini basi tutakapokomaa kisiasa ili tumpigie yoyote yule ambaye ataleta maendeleo kote kote katika nchi yetu? Mchagueni Mturkana, Msamburu, Mmarsi, Mborana, Mrendelle tuone vipi? Yaani tuwachague viongozi bila kutazama kabila kabila na sehemu walizotoka. Je, tutafanya hivyo? Utafanya hivyo? Hebu tuanze na wewe. Hebu tuanze na mimi kisha tueneze habari njema kama hii kwa wote. Nakoma pale kwa sababu wengi waanza kutikisa kichwa!! Ninaelewa ni kwa nini.

  3. Fuko said

    One step forward.

  4. sokwemtu4 said

    Kila mtu atauchukuwa mzigo wake mwenyewe,,,,,,,,,,,,,na kila mtu atatoa jawabu yake mwenyewe mbele ya koti siku hiyo ikifika. One amazing thing is however strange this may be to bwana Ruto, sounds of many souls,,,,,,,,,,,young and old ,,,that were killed can still be heard by both the Almighty God and the loved ones.

  5. kate njeri said

    It will not be justice without The president and the prime minister stating there roles in what happened, in the same ICC court, and especially the pm, he called for demostrations because of the disputed presdential election results.

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