Friday, January 20, 2012

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)

The ICC’s decisions will con­tinue to play a pivotal role in Kenya’s political process, especially in the crucial 2012 election. The court appears cognisant that these will not be viewed by many Kenyans simply as legal decisions and that the timing and framing of proceedings and rulings will inevitably have an impact in heightening or tamping down tensions.

-- "Kenya: Impact of the ICC Proceedings," an International Crisis Group briefing paper released earlier this month, in anticipation of the any-day-now issuance of the International Criminal Court Pre-Trial Chamber II decision on whether to go forward with charges against a half dozen Kenyan politicos, known colloquially as the "Ocampo Six." IntLawGrrls' many posts on this case – which arose out of violence after December 2007 elections in Kenya – are available here. (And see this interesting story from Nairobi on challenges prosecutors faced in assembling the case.)

UPDATE: The Pre-Trial Chamber's announced that it will deliver its decision on confirmation of charges in the Kenya case this Monday, January 23, at 11:30 a.m. Hague time this Monday, January 23; Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has scheduled a press conference on same the following day at noon Hague time. Both events may be viewed via live webcast in English or French; links available here and here.

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