Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ODM sues Kibaki in The Hague

By Standard Reporter

ODM has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court in The Hague against President Kibaki and several key Government officials.

The complaint states that crimes against humanity and State-sponsored terrorism were being committed to selected population.

Party Secretary-General, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, alleged that more than 1,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands injured.

Nyong’o added that most of them were victims of excessive force used by security forces.

Those named as respondents include all Cabinet ministers, Commissioner of Police, Maj-Gen Hussein Ali, Administration Police Commandant, Mr Kinuthia Mbugua, and his GSU colleague, Mr Mathew Iteere.

The party has now asked the court’s Chief Prosecutor, Mr Luis Moreno–Ocampo, to respond urgently to their complaint since the crimes are continuing.

"Kenya is party to the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court, and we have therefore today (Tuesday) filed a complaint with the court," said Nyong’o. Accompanied by the party Communication Director Mr Salim Lone, Nyong’o said the repercussions from the fraudulent election continued, as Kenyans grapple with the severest crisis since Independence.

Nyong’o said claims by the Government that police were reacting to ethnic violence by ODM supporters were untrue.

He said the ongoing security crackdown in western Kenya and Nairobi was pre-planned.

Nyong’o claimed the State agents were continuing the so-called ethnic clashes.

Nyong’o named the areas most affected as Kisii, Aldai, Emgwen, Endebess, Kipsigis, Kipkelion, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, Kasarani and Lang’ata.

ODM also condemned the police, who it said allowed armed gangs to attack other communities and then arrested the victims.

Nyong’o warned that unless checked, the situation would get out of control.

"We believe a quick response by the court will deter individuals and the State from continuing with their crimes," he said.

The party also launched an appeal for contributions to foot medical and funeral bills incurred by families of the post-poll skirmishes.


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