The ICC six to be known at 2pm Wednesday

December 14, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will now make his eagerly awaited statement on the post-election violence suspects at 2pm Kenyan time on Wednesday.

The announcement was initially due at 1500hrs Netherlands time (5pm Kenyan time) according to the ICC website.

"On Wednesday, 15 December 2010, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo will hold a press conference at 1200 (The Hague local time, 1400 Nairobi local time) and not at 1500 as previously scheduled," a statement on the ICC website said.

The press conference, during which the Prosecutor will make an important announcement concerning the investigation on the Kenya situation, will be held in the Press Briefing room of the ICC in The Hague.

The much anticipated announcement is expected to centre on the two cases Mr Ocampo is pursuing against six suspects who bear the greatest responsibility over Kenya’s post-election violence.

But even as Mr Ocampo prepares to move to the next important step of his case, the Cabinet on Monday appeared to backtrack on the process after it resolved to establish a local tribunal to try perpetrators of the post election violence.

In the emergency Cabinet meeting, the government said it had decided to form the said tribunal "in order to safeguard the country’s national interests."

According to the government, the tribunal would be formed in accordance with the Rome Statute and within the framework of the new Constitution, regardless of what transpires at the International Criminal Court later in the week.

"The Government is of the considered opinion that Kenya’s national interests of peace and security, political stability, national reconciliation, and comprehensive justice for all victims of post-election violence cannot be achieved without a local judicial mechanism," a statement from the Presidential Press Service on Monday said.

However, the government’s rushed decision to form a local tribunal is not possible to stop the ICC process since it will be dealing with those charged with the highest responsibility at the height of the post election violence.


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