ICC should change it’s name to International Criminal Court for African Leaders(ICCAL)
Posted by African Press International on October 4, 2011
It is astounding to note that the trials at the ICC, be it confirmation of charges hearings or trials, it is only African leaders that are facing the charges at the moment. This may qualify for a change of name from International Criminal Court (ICC), to the International Criminal Court for African Leaders (ICCAL).
The ICC prosecutors are seemingly interested in punishing African leaders even when there is no evidence to indict some of them. API is not saying there are no crimes committed in African countries. The way forward is to get the right people who commit crimes to stand trial, not to victimize leaders just because they are popular with their people and unpopular with their political rivals.
We have seen what is happening in the case of Kenya case 1 of William Ruto, Henry Kosgey and Joshua Sang, followed by Uhuru Kenyatta, Francis Muthaura and Hussein Ali cases.
The prosecution has been having a hard time to convince any thinking persons that they have investigated these cases. Instead, it has come out into the open during the proceedings that they have relied on reports produced by activists and anonymous witnesses who have manufactured statements. The same witnesses have not been produced for cross-examination in order to test their credibility.
Analysts say many witnesses seems to have come forward offering their services to the prosecution in exchange for luxurious lifestyles in Kenya or relocation abroad.
These kind of witnesses relied upon by the prosecution sets to undermine the international justice and making it impossible to trust the International Criminal Court when it is clear that the prosecution is turning it into a tool to punish political opponents in Africa, and especially in the case of Kenya
In case 1 and case 2 of Kenya, those who have taken the stand accuse the Chief Prosecutor Mr Moreno-Ocampo of politicising the case. They tend to think that Ocampo is being used by other Kenyan leaders for the sake of their own gain politically, especially now that Kenya will have Presidential and Parliamentary elections next year.
After all the presentations that has now been done by both parties, the Kenya case will now be determined by the three Judges who will have to study the presentations by both parties carefully and hopefully make a justified decision on whether to confirm or not confirm the charges that the six suspects are facing.
If the Judges stick to their program issued earlier by the ICC, the Kenyan people will have to be patient for a little over two months to know the fate of the six.
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