Annan: victims crave justice

09 December 2009 by Michael Kaloki

On a visit to Nairobi this week, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan welcomed the Kenyan government’s assurance that it will cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on establishing the best way to secure justice for victims of the 2007 post-election violence.

Annan served as chief mediator during peace negotiations aimed at finding a solution to the crisis that had rocked the East African country. He said the prosecution of the perpetrators - even powerful politicians - would not threaten the reconciliation process.

“We should encourage the law to take its course. We should think about the victims of the violence; they are craving justice. A nation does not collapse because of one man or several men,” he said in a speech at the end of his six-day visit.

Luis Moreno Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, announced last month that he has asked ICC judges to authorize a formal investigation into the violence.

There is a “reasonable basis to believe that crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the court” were committed, Ocampo said, “in particular, crimes of murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, deportation or forcible transfer of population and other inhuman acts.”

In July, Ocampo received a sealed envelope from Kofi Annan containing the names of suspected perpetrators of the violence.

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