|Written By:Rose Welimo, Posted: Wed, Oct 05, 2011|
International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova has assured Kenyans of an impartial decision on the Ocampo Six.
Ekaterina said the pre-trial judges will take their decision independently and impartially having examined evidence by all parties to ensure they get justice.
Speaking Wednesday during the close of the confirmation hearings, Ekaterina further urged Kenyans to respect life, security and property of victims and witnesses.
She told the suspects to fully comply with the set conditions by the court. The prosecution and defense teams were instructed to provide the chamber with final written submissions by October 28th and November 16 respectively.
The fate of the post election suspects will be known in the next 90 days a when the three Pre-Trial Chamber II judges will rule on the fate of the cases.
Once the submissions are completed, the judges have three months in which to make their decision.
Earlier during Wednesday’s closing submissions, the prosecution faulted the defense teams of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura and former police boss Hussein Ali for only presenting statements from relatives, colleagues and friends.
ICC lawyer Ms. Adesola Adeboyejo said the prosecution evidence is watertight arguing that Ali’s defense backed evidence that attacks in Naivasha and Nakuru targeted perceived Orange Democratic Movement – ODM supporters while Muthaura’s defense acknowledged the presence of Mungiki in Nakuru.
The victims’ lawyer Morris Anyah maintained that the post election violence was planned arguing that police were unavailable when the violence started.
He said the decision reached by the pre trial chamber will have a lasting impact on all Kenyans adding that the post election violence victims who are still living in camps have a right to justice.
The defense teams urged the pre- trial chamber to dismiss the charges against the three in order to restore confidence in the international justice system.
The first case involves Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey and radio journalist Joshua Sang.
In the second case, the accused are Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of the Civil Service Francis Muthaura and Postmaster General and former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali.