Muthaura says he’s ready for ICC

March 9, 2011 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 9 – Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura on Wednesday joined other five high-profile Kenyans accused of planning and directing the post-election violence in saying that he will cooperate with the International Criminal Court.

Judges at the Pre-Trial Chamber of The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) have agreed to a request by the court’s Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to issue summons for six high-profile Kenyans accused of masterminding the 2007-08 post-elections violence in the country,

In a statement appearing on the Government Spokesman website, Mr Muthaura said: "Let me reiterate that I remain willing to co-operate and abide by all decisions that may be issued by the Judges of the ICC and undertake to comply with any and all conditions that may be required of me."

Mr Muthaura, who also serves as the Secretary to the Cabinet, said he is interested in ensuring that the rule of law shall prevail so that justice is done.

Despite the judges saying that they found reasonable evidence that Mr Muthaura, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former police commission Major General Hussein Ali had committed crimes against humanity in Nakuru and Naivasha between January 24, 2008 and January 31, 2008. The civil service chief said his position had not changed since 15th December when he was named as a suspect.

Judges Ekaterina Tendafilova and Cuno Tarfusser agreed with ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s arguments that there was reasonable evidence that the three played a key role in the post election violence especially at the hotspot of Naivasha.

“The Chamber is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr Muthaura and Mr Kenyatta are criminally responsible as indirect co-perpetrators and that Ali is criminally responsible as having contributed to crimes committed by a group of persons,” they ruled.

They issued summonses as requested by Mr Moreno-Ocampo against Mr Kenyatta, Mr Muthaura and Major Gen (Rtd) Ali to go for the initial appearance at The Hague on April 7.

They are accused of committing murder in Nakuru and Naivasha, causing the eviction of people in the two areas, and contributing to mass rape in Nakuru.

“There are reasonable grounds to believe they are criminally responsible as having contributed to acts constituting crimes against humanity from on or about January 24, 2008 until January 31, 2008,” the judges ruled.

The alleged crimes are: ‘‘Murder with respect to murders committed in Nakuru and Naivasha; forcible transfer of population committed in Nakuru and Naivasha; rapes committed in Nakuru; and other inhumane acts committed in Nakuru and Naivasha.”

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