9 March 2011

Kenya: Five ICC Suspects Accept Hague Summons

Photo: East African
President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga hold talks with ICC Chief Prosecutor, Louis Moreno Ocampo.

Nairobi — Five of the six suspects targeted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague on Wednesday confirmed they will honour summonses to appear.

Hussein Ali (former Police Commissioner), Joshua Sang (Kass FM presenter), Henry Kosgey (suspended Industrialisation Minister), Uhuru Kenyatta (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance) and William Ruto (suspended Minister for Higher Education) all confirmed they will honour the ICC summons.

Mr Ali, through his lawyer Evans Monari, said he will be at The Hague on April 7 as ordered.

"I have received instructions from my client and we are making arrangements to be at the court at 2.30pm on April 7," Mr Monari told Nation.co.ke.

Mr Kosgey said: "I will go The Hague as per the summons, my conscience is clear I have no case."

Mr Kenyatta made his confirmation through Facebook and Twitter.

He said: "I am grateful that I will finally have the opportunity to be heard and am entirely confident of my innocence."

Mr Sang said that he will fully cooperate with the ICC following the summons.

"I will use that opportunity to prove my innocence in the court," said the radio presenter.

Judges at the ICC's Pre-trial Chamber II on Tuesday ruled that there were grounds to show that Mr Ali, Mr Sang and four other prominent Kenyans were criminally liable for the post election violence that rocked the country in the aftermath to the disputed presidential election in 2007.

The sixth accused is the Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service Francis Muthaura.

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