Police warn any unrest will be quelled

December 15, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere has warned that any acts of lawlessness after ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo releases names of six key suspects in the Kenya case will be met with the full force of the law.

Mr Iteere told a news conference in Nairobi on Wednesday that the police were aware of attempts by some leaders to rally their supporters to cause unrest, but cautioned them that they would face "dire consequences."

"We have made adequate security arrangements all over the country. There should be no panic at all, even after the suspects are named by the ICC. Kenyans should exercise caution," Mr Iteere said.

The police boss added that he had deployed adequate forces all over the country to ensure maximum security ahead of Wednesday afternoon’s big announcement by the International Criminal Court Prosecutor.

"We will not tolerate any acts of violence from anybody anywhere in the country. The rule of law must be observed at all times," he added.

"We have received intelligence that there are people who are intending to incite others to break the law by participating in violence after the suspects are named. We are warning that such people will face the full force of the law," he added.

"We are appealing to political leaders to participate in peace building now and in the future, no one should take advantage of the situation to cause or participate in violence," Mr Iteere added.

He also pointed out that they did not have specific areas where violence was anticipated within the country, but were basing their strategy on areas that were worst affected.

Security had also been strengthened even in areas perceived as low-risk.



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