Int’l court requests more info on Kenya probe

Pre-trial judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague have requested more information from prosecutors before deciding whether to authorise an investigation into post-election violence in Kenya.

The ICC said on Friday the request, made on Thursday, is for “clarification and additional information” in the process of deciding whether to authorise the probe. The prosecutors are due to submit their response by March 3.

On November 26 prosecutors requested permission to start the investigation, saying there was evidence of crimes against humanity in post-election violence in Kenya in 2007 and 2008.

At the time, Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo cited figures from Kenyan authorities that 1,220 people were killed in the incidents, with hundreds of documented rapes and more than 350,000 forcibly displaced.

Under ICC rules, the presidency of the court assigns “situations” to pre-trial chambers. In order to launch a formal investigation into a situation, the Office of the Prosecutor must apply to the relevant chamber for permission.

The ICC said the chamber, in the most recent request, wanted clarification on what allegedly happened in Kenya and how it was linked to policies of the state or other organisations.

It also requested more information on who and what would be probed and how any such investigations are being carried out in Kenya as well.

The ICC also noted that the final decision to authorise a probe or not was pending and that the court’s rules set no timeframe for a decision.



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