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Saturday, 25 June 2016
Kofi Annan faults ICC for letting free Uhuru and Ruto
Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed his dismay at the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to let President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto be free as their cases continued.
Writing for Financial Times, Annan said that the decision to have the two outside bars jeopardized the process of obtaining enough evidence to prosecute them.
The Ghanaian also believes that the decision to let the two free gave them a chance to fight the cases that were facing them, effectively defeating justice.
“The president and vice president were the ones in the dock and so they put lots of effort and resources into fighting the case,” Annan wrote.
President Uhuru Kenyatta chats with his lawyers at the ICC chambers. Photo: Star
He added that just like other suspects who have been in detention as their cases continue, the ICC should have detained Uhuru and Ruto at the Scheveningen Dutch prison complex. This way, they would not tamper with the cases.
The suspects Annan was referring to include former Congolese President Jean Pierre Bemba, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former Liberia President Charles Taylor.