Monday, September 06, 2010
ICC in the Media, Update #3
Last week Kenya refused to honor its commitment to the ICC by failing to arrest Bashir, causing international confusion and concern over Kenya's stance on the Court. However, recently Kenya has restated its desire to support and cooperate with the ICC in what is being characterized as an attempt to absolve itself for the Bashir incident. On Friday, September 3 Kenya agreed to let the International Criminal Court set up office within the country to facilitate the on-going investigation into the 2007-2008 post-election violence. The new office, confirmed during the Registrar's recent visit to Kenya, will allow the Office of the Prosecutor to identify perpetrators, collect evidence, and interview witnesses while enjoying logistical support, immunity, enhanced security and victim and witness protection programs. Although many political officials are supportive of the ICC's investigation, others are against it or are concerned about who may be implicated by the Prosecutor. Ocampo, set to finish the investigation by the end of this year, has reportedly collected 396 witnesses prepared to testify at the Hague against potential perpetrators. Amidst these developments the U.S. has spoken out in support of Kenya's cooperation with the ICC in seeking justice for the 2007-2008 post-election violence.