Suspects in Kenya post-election violence to be named: ICC

14th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The International Criminal Court prosecutor on Tuesday said he was about to name six people allegedly responsible for deadly post-election violence in Kenya in 2007/8 and ask the court to issue summonses.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he believed the summonses, for which he would apply on Wednesday, would be "sufficient to ensure the appearance of all six suspects."

Conditions, he said, would include keeping in close contact with the court and responding to any requests made by the ICC judges.

"If the suspects do not comply with the conditions set by the Chamber, I will request arrest warrants. If there is any indication of bribes, intimidation or threats, I will request arrest warrants," he said.

"I expect the suspects to indicate to the Chamber shortly their intention to surrender voluntarily," he added.

In March 2010 the ICC, the world's only permanent independent war crimes court, authorised an investigation of the Kenya violence, which erupted after then opposition leader Raila Odinga accused President Mwai Kibaki of rigging his re-election in December 27, 2007 polls.

Moreno-Ocampo will also on Wednesday reveal the names of the six principal suspects at a news conference.

© 2010 AFP

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