ICC warns of Kenya violence witness intimidation

3rd December 2010, Comments 2 comments

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said Friday witnesses in its investigation into deadly post-election violence in Kenya were suffering intimidation.

"The prosecutor is identifying those who are organising such threats and will eventually request arrest warrants for individuals who persist in such threats," chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a video message.

"Those who are trying to intimidate people that they believe are our witnesses or family of our witnesses, these people will be prosecuted before the ICC. They will be arrested," he said.

Violence broke out following the disputed presidential poll of December 2007, where Mwai Kibaki won re-election. His rival, Raila Odinga is now prime minister in a power-sharing coalition.

Moreno-Ocampo said Thursday that the court would try six people in connection with the violence that left more than 1,500 dead and 30,000 displaced.

After the Kenyan authorities failed to set up a special tribunal to try the perpetrators, the ICC, based in The Hague, decided to open an investigation.

Kenyan rights organisations have sheltered witnesses to the violence both in Kenya and outside the country.


© 2010 AFP

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