Nairobi, Kenya Sep 11 – A day after ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda closed her case against Deputy President William Ruto, Jubilee Members of Parliament are now accusing the Court organs of colluding to fix Kenyans facing Crimes Against Humanity Charges.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said there is a clear indication that the three separate ICC organs are working together to fix Ruto and Journalist Joshua arap Sang after yesterday’s developments.
““Yesterday was significant day for the ICC. It is a cartel of epic proportions. There is collusion in the halls of justice. Three decisions were issued by three supposedly different organs of the court,” he alleged.
Besides Bensouda’s filing, the Pre Trial Chamber made public a warrant of arrest against two Kenyans and renewed the one issued earlier targeting journalist Walter Barasa.
Duale said he is now convinced that the court has a pre-determined outcome of the Kenyan case.
“This cannot be better exemplified than what we saw yesterday. Can this be a coincidence? For three supposedly independent organs to make decisions on the same day on related matters? No, this is conspiracy,” he told a news conference at Parliament buildings.
Trial Chamber V (a) earlier on Thursday allowed defence teams of Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua arap Sang to appeal a decision in which the prosecutor was allowed to use prior recorded statements of five witnesses.
Later on the same day, Pre Trial Chamber II ruled on an application in which journalist Walter Barasa had requested his warrant of arrest to be replaced with summons to appear.
The application was rejected and he was instead asked to honor the warrant of arrest by presenting himself before the ICC at The Hague.
Still on Thursday, Pre Trial Chamber II unsealed warrant of arrests against Paul Gicheru and Lawyer Philip Bett who are wanted for interfering with ICC witnesses.
At the climax of the decisions from the ICC on Thursday, was a notification by ICC Prosecutor informing the court that she had closed her case against Ruto and Sang.
“This is a clear indication and confirmation of the organizational policy of the network that is the ICC. The Pre Trial Chamber, the Trial Chamber, the Appeals Chamber, the OTP and the whole lot of the so-called independent institutions are working in toward a predetermined outcome,” Duale added.
To defy its dissatisfaction with the conduct of the court, Duale said, MPs will fast-track the motion that was pushing for Kenya’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute.
They said the court also requires an oversight mechanism to put its operations on check.
Following the decisions of the court on Thursday, he said, two prayer rallies will be held in the next two weeks starting on Sunday in Ruiru and Mt Elgon respectively to pray for Ruto and Sang.