Luis Moreno Ocampo, the prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) has informed that he received Thurs 9th July a sealed envelope from former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.
Annan, who is the Chairman of the African union panel of eminent African personalities, delivered the sealed envelope and supporting materials previously entrusted to him by the Waki commission on the post-election violence that erupted in Kenya in late ‘07 and early ‘08.
The situation in Kenya has been under preliminary examination by the office of the prosecutor since ‘08. Last week, following the visit of a high-level governmental delegation from Kenya to The Hague, all the actors involved in ensuring accountability for post-election violence in Kenya agreed on the need to move the process forward now to prevent the recurrence of such events.
The Kenyan authorities, while continuing all efforts to set up national proceedings, have committed to start sharing information on the current status of investigations and prosecutions arising out of the post-election violence as well as on measures taken to protect witnesses, with a view to assisting the prosecutor’s work.
Should efforts to conduct national proceedings fail, the government of Kenya agreed last week to refer the situation to the ICC. ‘The transmission of documents by Annan forms part of these collaborative efforts to ensure that justice is not delayed and that future crimes can be prevented,’ Moreno-Ocampo stated.
The International Criminal Court is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.