ICC Judges Approve Investigation of Kenya

ICC Judges Approve Investigation of Kenya

Add another African case to the ICC’s docket.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, has given its prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo the green light to investigate the role of senior politicians in Kenya‘s post-election violence that killed 1,300 Kenyans in 2008.

The decision allows Mr. Ocampo to take the next step, which would be passing down indictments against senior Kenyan politicians, some of whom are thought to be ministers and cabinet members in the powersharing government of President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

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[…] But, one of these corrupt governments is now being investigated by the ICC. Ocampo now has permission to investigate senior Kenyan […]

Eugene Kontorovich

And immediately Kenya stops prosecuting Somali pirates captured by Western nations…

This leaves about zero nations prosecuting piracy as an international crime. To be sure, Kenya’s decision can be only in part response to the ICC, as it had not taken new cases since December. Still, real international criminal justice (Kenya’s pirate prosecutions) is giving way to hypothetical international criminal justice (the case against Kenya).