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ICC Day 1 Group 2: Uhuru Kenyatta, Francis Muthaura and Ali Hussein had their day in court today

Posted by African Press International on September 21, 2011

By Korir, Chief editor API

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African Press International: Kenyan supporting their people at the ICC

African Press International: Kenyan supporting their people at the ICC

If one has to go by what happened today in the ICC day 1 group 2 suspects case, then the prosecution has an uphill battle. The prosecution was attacked and humiliated, being told that their evidence holds no water. “Some of the statements may even have been written in restaurants by people looking for money from you”, Muthaura’s counsel Mr Kahn told the prosecutor.

African Press International: Uhuru with Kenyans at the ICC after the case adjourned

African Press International: Uhuru with Kenyans at the ICC after the case adjourned

The three Kenyan leaders, baptised as suspects by Ocampo do not have a case to answer at all if one considers the way the prosecution is hiding their witnesses. Instead of being forthcoming with live witnesses in order to give the defence and the court the opportunity to cross-examine them, Ocampo has now chosen to use anonymous witnesses.

African Press International Photo. Mrs Kenyatta 3rd from left with Kenyans at the ICC who came to give moral support to Hon Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

African Press International Photo. Mrs Kenyatta 3rd from left with Kenyans at the ICC who came to give moral support to Hon Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

It seems Ocampo is forgetting that this case is destroying people’s lives, because as it is now there is no doubt that the prosecution has no solid evidence.

African Press International. Giving the suspects in Kenya case Moral support at the court

African Press International. Giving the suspects in Kenya case Moral support at the court

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African Press International. Giving the suspects in Kenya case Moral support at the court

African Press International. Giving the suspects in Kenya case Moral support at the court

Ocampo says he wants to disclose his live witnesses during a full trial. By doing things this way, he is being very negligent and using his role to abuse the court process.
 
Many people who may know the struggle that the Kenyan people went through, to attain independence would be disgusted to see the son of Kenya’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta – Kenya’s first Prime Minister and president of the Republic, together with a distinguished professional Ambassador Francis Muthaura, and a long serving trusted military officer Hussein Ali being humiliated by Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo and his team.
 
This is a group of prosecutors who have chosen to have no basis in truth. They have chosen to rely on reports concocted by some KNHRC’s untrusted commissioners, among them Omar Hassan, Human Rights Watch, and a number of false witnesses who appeared at the Waki Commission of inquiry in their efforts to implicate good Kenyan citizens maliciously in order to assist the prosecution in convincing the court that Jomo’s son is a monster capable of planning murder and rape of innocent Kenyans, while Muthaura and Ali are willing partners in crime.
 
No words can describe what the ICC prosecutor Ocampo is doing to Uhuru Kenyatta, Francis Muthaura, Hussein Ali and their families, but only to accept that what is happening to them is inhumane treatment, ridiculous and beyond belief.  The Judges should be able see through the prosecutor’s motive.
 
To those who know the history of Kenya and the struggle for freedom, the saga brought about by Mr Ocampo brings shame to Kenya, and the Kenyan people who love peace.
 
The spontaneous violent reactions by some Kenyan people who wanted different results during the 2007 elections should not be the key to promote a decision to punish innocent Kenyan leaders like William Ruto, Henry Kosgey, Joshua Sang, Francis Muthaura, Uhuru Kenyatta and Hussein Ali. Everybody knows the real culprit are out there.
 
Blood was shed – yes, and people died in the hands of hooligans and those who may have been paid to fight for a goal . no one disagrees with this, but that must never be used to mislead the ICC to confirm false charges that will destroy innocent Kenyan leaders.
 
During several press briefings, Mr Ocampo has always sworn that he intends to use the Kenyan case as an example to African leaders.
 
This is a clear sign that the Kenyan case, according to the prosecution, must be confirmed even with anonymous witnesses without credibility for the simple reason – to send a message to African leaders.
 
The behaviour of the prosecution in this case is wrong. This is not justice . And the ICC Judges must show leadership and take the right decision.
 
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