Ocampo’s integrity in question but Bensouda disowns leak

Former ICC prosecutor Moreno Ocampo (left) with Ms Fatou Bensouda who took over after he retired. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The documents analysed by respected media outlets including Germany’s Der Spiegel, have revealed how Mr Ocampo worked behind the scenes after leaving office in 2012 to have the ICC drop the charges against President Kenyatta.
  • The leaked documents indicate among the outsiders Mr Ocampo reached out to were former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan with a proposition to have the case against President Kenyatta withdrawn on account of weak evidence but to do so without embarrassing the court.
  • The other person Mr Ocampo discussed with the exit strategy for President Kenyatta from the crimes against humanity charges, the reports say, was Kenya’s UN Permanent Representative Macharia Kamau during a reception in New York in December 2013.  

He had come to Kenya with  a smile and bravado, promising the 2007/2008 post-election violence victims and international criminal justice watchers he would make Kenya an example to the world.


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