ICC chief prosecutor accuses Kenya’s government of failing to provide evidence for post-election riot accused
Thursday 25 October 2012
The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor today said Kenya’s government had not cooperated fully in providing evidence for the trial of four prominent Kenyans accused of fuelling post-election violence in 2007.
The group includes leading presidential hopefuls and former finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former higher education minister William Ruto. They face trial in about six months, charged with masterminding the bloodshed that killed more than 1,200 people. All have said they are innocent.
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told a news conference in Nairobi that Kenyan officials had promised her the information she required to build her case, but warned that she may be forced to file an application before judges at The Hague-based court if Kenya continued dragging its feet over the issue.
“It could be better,” she said when asked about the cooperation with the Kenya government. “I came personally to urge the government to cooperate more with the ICC.”
She said the ICC required the evidence by Jan. 9, when the prosecutors must disclose their evidence to the defence.
Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga had promised speedier cooperation, Bensouda said.
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