Kenya: Ocampo wants trials split in 3

icc_luis_moreno_ocampoThe International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo (pictured) on Thursday proposed a three-tier approach to deal with architects of the post-election violence.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo, at a meeting with Lands minister James Orengo, proposed the creation of special courts in Kenya to try those who committed atrocities during the violence.

The ICC will deal with those who bore the biggest responsibility for the chaos, he added.

The two met at the ICC headquarters at The Hague.


Mr Moreno-Ocampo proposed that the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) be involved in delivering justice to victims of the violence by obtaining confessions from the perpetrators with a view to promoting forgiveness and national healing.

The chief prosecutor, however, said the TJRC should not stray from its mandate.

Mr Orengo is at The Hague in the Netherlands at the invitation of the Dutch Government for a human rights conference. Both Mr Orengo and the ICC prosecutor addressed the conference, with the Lands minister presenting a paper on fighting impunity and peace building.

Also at The Hague to push for the prosecution of architects of post-election violence by the ICC are vice-chairman of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Hassan Omar and the organisations former boss Maina Kiai.

International Commission of Jurists Kenya executive director George Kegoro is also at The Hague.

They will hold talks with the ICC chief prosecutor on Friday.

Mr Orengo told the Nation that the ICC chief prosecutor had informed him that he intended to hold another round of talks with President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to encourage them to push for a local process to try the suspects.

Daily Nation

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