Monday, May 30, 2011

ICC in the Media, Update #30

This week the media attention shifted from Libya back to Kenya. On Sunday ICC Prosecutor Ocampo made a statement that members of Kenya's government "are misrepresenting ICC efforts to do justice for the victims as an attack against Kenyan sovereignty" as part of a political campaign. Discussions between the ICC and Kenyan government have begun over the government's apparent shift in position since the suspects were named late last year. The focus of the discussions reportedly is determining whether the government is"protecting witnesses or protecting the suspects from investigation." Kenya's Justice Minister Kilonzo dismissed the ICC's accusations as unfounded saying that Kenya continues to cooperate with the Court. Regardless, representatives of the ICC travelled to Kenya today to further discuss Kenya's committment to the ICC and issues of witness protection.

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