World court prosecutor to meet Kenya victims

4th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will visit Kenya this week to meet victims of the violence which erupted after elections as part of a probe into the bloodshed, his office said Tuesday.

"I will meet the victims, listen to them, understand their views and concerns," a statement quoted Luis Moreno-Ocampo as saying of his May 8-12 visit to the capital Nairobi.

"We will investigate the crimes, protecting the victims and respecting the rights of the suspects. We will follow the evidence, and we will prosecute those most responsible," the prosecutor said in the statement.

The prosecutor would visit communities affected by the post-election violence and met representatives of civil society and women's groups, the business community, religious leaders, and the media.

"All of those who wish to share with the prosecutor their views and/or information on the post-election violence will have a chance to do so, including those who have reasons to believe they may be subject to investigations or prosecution," the statement said.

The ICC, the world's only permanent independent war crimes court, in March authorised an investigation of the violence that claimed around 1,200 lives, injured at least 3,561 and left some 350,000 internally displaced following elections on December 27, 2007.

The prosecutor has said he was investigating "senior political and business leaders" associated with the Party of National Unity of President Mwai Kibaki and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) led by the the opposition leader Raila Odinga, now the prime minister in a shaky unity government.

The prosecutor has been conducting a preliminary investigation since February 2008.

© 2010 AFP

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