ICC’s failure to try PEV perpetrators spells doom, says Raila

By Eric Biegon/Agencies

CORD leader Raila Odinga has claimed that failure by ICC to try perpetrators of 2007 post poll mayhem could spell doom to the international justice.

Speaking at an interview with a French television channel during his tour of Europe, the former prime minister claimed the ICC had enough evidence to try Kenyan cases but instead fell prey to blackmail and arm-twisting.

The opposition leader further dismissed as hogwash, claims that the ICC was unfairly targeting African leaders saying all cases touching on the continent were referred by African states themselves.

Raila castigated the ICC for claiming that it had been left with no choice but terminate the Kenyan cases since there was insufficient evidence for prosecution.

According to Raila, last week’s verdict was a clear demonstration that it was easy to get away with crime.

The former prime minister further dismissed allegations that the International Criminal Court was unfairly targeting Africa.

Raila hit out at African countries for threatening to quit the International Criminal Court (ICC) noting that the continent is “the biggest violator currently of human rights”.

“No African head of state need to fear being tried by the ICC because you can destroy the evidence, you can kill witnesses.” Said the former Premier.

Read: Push to withdraw from ICC gains momentum

The African Union has agreed to withdraw from International Criminal Court (ICC) unless their demands for the amendment of the Rome Statute are met.

The AU is demanding that all sitting Heads of State and Government as well as senior government officials be given immunity; recognition for primacy to African judicial mechanisms and AU decision making organs over the ICC and finally reduction of powers of the Prosecutor.

No ‘double standards’

Raila said African countries’ abysmal rights record was all the more reason for them to remain in the ICC.

“There is no alternative mechanism in Africa to deal with these cases and secondly Africa is the biggest violator currently of human rights,” he said.

“Africa needs ICC more than any part of the world,” he said.

The world must not view or treat Africa differently, he said, because the continent “is part and parcel of the international community and must be made to comply with the international standards as far as democracy is concerned.

On the issue of Kenya, Raila alleged that efforts to form a local tribunal turned futile after vehement frustrations by a section Kenyan leaders.

He maintains that his ODM party did not have a hand in what transpired in the country after the bitterly contested 2007 presidential poll.



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