And the Ocampo Six are…

December 15, 2010 12:00 am
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, THE HAGUE, Dec 15 – Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto and Henry Kosgey top the list of the six key suspects being investigated by the International Criminal Court over the 2008 post election violence.

Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and former Police Commissioner Major General (rtd) Mohammed Hussein Ali have being accused of authorising police to use excessive force in Kisumu and Kibera.

“They were killing hundreds of people identified as supporters of the Orange Democratic Movement,” said Mr Ocampo.

KASS FM radio Presenter Joshua arap Sang who closes the list is accused of inciting people to violence. Mr Ruto and Mr Kosgey are accused of planning violence in Eldoret where thousands were evicted from their homes.

Mr Kenyatta on his part accused of sponsoring Mungiki adherents to launch retaliatory attacks in the rift valley.

“He was the focal point between Mungiki and the Party of National Unity. He facilitated the role of the Mungiki,” said the Prosecutor.

Here is Mr Ocampo’s full statement:

ICC  Prosecutor  Luis  Moreno‐Ocampo  today  requested  the  International  Criminal  Court  to  issue  summonses  to  appear  against  six  Kenyan  citizens  to  face  justic  for  massive  crimes  committed  during  the  post‐election  violence  (PEV)  in  Kenya. 

The  Prosecutor  has  concluded  there  are  reasonable  grounds  to  believe  crimes  against  humanity  were  committed,  in  the  first  Prosecution  case,  by:  

1. William  Samoei  Ruto  ‐ currently:  Minister  of  Higher  Education,  Science  and  Technology  (suspended),  MP  for  Eldoret  North  and  during  the  PEV,  MP  for  Eldoret  North.  The  Prosecution  considers  that  he  was  one  of  the  principal  planners  and  organisers  of  crimes  against  PNU  supporters; 
  
2. Henry  Kiprono  Kosgey  ‐  currently:  Minister  of  Industrialisation,  MP  for  Tinderet  Constituency,  ODM  Chairman  and  during  the  PEV:  MP  for  Tinderet.  The  Prosecution  considers  that  he  was  one  of  the  principal  planners  and  organizers  of  crimes  against  PNU  supporters;  and   

3. Joshua  Arap  Sang  ‐  currently  Head  of  Operations,  KASS  FM  and  during  the  PEV:  Radio  broadcaster.  The  Prosecution  considers  that  he  was  one  of  the  principal  planners  and  organisers  of  crimes  against  PNU  supporters.   

And  in  the  second  Prosecution  case,  by:  

4. Francis  Kirimi  Muthaura  ‐  during  the  PEV  and  to  date:  Head  of  the  Public  Service  and  Secretary  to  the  Cabinet  and  Chairman  of  the  National  Security  Advisory  Committee.   The  Prosecution  considers  that  he  authorised  the  Police  to  use  excessive  force  against  ODM  supporters  and  to  facilitate  attacs  against  ODM  supporters. 
 
5. Uhuru  Muigai  Kenyatta  ‐  currently:  Deputy  Prime  Minister  and  Minister  of  Finance.  The  Prosecution  considers  that  during  the  PEV  he  helped  to  mobilize  the  Mungiki  criminal  organization  to  attack  ODM  supporters  and  

6.  Mohamed  Hussein  Ali  ‐ currently:  Chief  Executive  of  the  Postal  Corporation  of  Kenya  and  during  the  PEV  he  was  Commissioner  of  the  Kenya  Police.  The  Prosecution  considers  that  during  the  PEV  he  authorised  the  use  of  excessive  force  against  ODM  supporters  and  facilitated  ttacks  against  ODM  supporters. 
 
“The  post  election  period  of  2007‐2008  was  one  of  the  most  violent  periods  of  the  nation’s  history,”  said  the  Prosecutor.
  
The  post  election  attacks  left  more  than  1,  100  people  dead,  3,500  injured  and  up  to  600,  000  forcibly  displaced.  During  30  days  of  violence,  there  were  hundreds  of  rapes,  possibly  more,  and  over  100,  000  properties  were  destroyed  in  six  of  Kenya’s  eight  provinces. 

“These  were  not  just  crimes  against  innocent  Kenyans”,  said  Prosecutor  Moreno‐Ocampo.  “They were crimes against humanity as a whole.  By  breaking  the  cycle  of  impunity  for  massive  crimes,  victims  and  their  families  can  have  justice.  And  Kenyans  can  pave  the  way  to  peaceful  elections  in  2012.”  

The  judges  of  Pre‐Trial  Chamber  II  will  now  review  the  evidence. If  they  determine  that  there  are  reasonable  grounds  to  believe  the  six  persons  named  committed  the  alleged  crimes,  they  will  decide  on  the  most  appropriate  way  to  ensure  their  appearance  in  Court.  The Prosecution has requested Summonses to appear.  


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