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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Former Police Commissioner elated at ICC ruling

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali has welcomed the International Criminal Court ruling that vindicated him against crimes against humanity attributing the exoneration to the support given by his legal counsel.
Ali hailed the support he has received from the people of Kenya since the ICC process began

Ali also hailed the support he has received from the people of Kenya since the ICC process began.

However, he refused to comment on Prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo's decision to investigate him further especially on the role the police played in Kisumu and Kibera during the post election violence.

The Post-Master General called on Kenyans to embrace reforms not only in the police force but also in other Government departments.

Suspended Industrialization Minister Henry Kosgey Tuesday also welcomed the ICC ruling which dismissed crimes against humanity charges against him.

Cases against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura, Eldoret North MP William Ruto and Radio presenter Joshua arap Sang were confirmed at The Hague based court Monday.

Presiding judge Ekaterina Trendafilova with two other judges Peter Hans-Kaul and Cuno Tarfusser who appeared in the Courtroom on Monday to deliver the majority verdict said the four are criminally responsible for crimes against humanity that left over 1000 people dead and over 600,000 others displaced.

ICC Prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo said Tuesday he had achieved his objective and had made Kenya an example of how well to manage conflict as shown in the leadership by the coalition government and hoped the Kenyan example could be replicated to other regions of the world as the 21st Century model on how to manage conflict.

Koffi Annan

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the AU Panel of Eminent African Personalities Kofi Annan says following the confirmation of charges against the four suspects, justice should be left to take its course.

In a press statement, Annan said that Kenyans have an opportunity to lay a solid and democratic foundation for the future of their country, by building on the spirit, letter and intent of the Constitution.

 He said Kenyans are duty bound to build a peaceful and stable country, to ensure sustainable development, rooted in respect for the rule of law and human rights.

"The period leading to the next national elections will be challenging. As reforms continue and preparations for elections and devolution pick-up momentum, I urge all Kenyans to focus on these essential tasks."

He called for the resettlement and compensation of the internally displaced persons who have been languishing in camps four years after the post-election violence.


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