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Vol 51 No 25

Published 17th December 2010


Ocampo names six suspects

President Mwai Kibaki’s government is in turmoil following the naming of some of its ministers as responsible for the post-election violence in 2008

Two days before the International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, named the six men he wants to prosecute for their role in the political violence, President Mwai Kibaki convened an emergency cabinet meeting to chart a common position on the looming announcement. The cabinet was split down the middle. Pro-Kibaki politicians pushed for a denunciation of the Court and the creation of a local tribunal as an alternative. Some wanted to send Attorney General Amos Wako and Chief Justice Johnson Evan Gicheru to the Hague to try to stop the ICC from proceeding. Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s allies rejected such proposals, dismissing them as a pointless attempt to protect the suspects: all of them bar one are political foes of the Premier.

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