The Hague, 22 April 2008 (FH) - The Prosecutor of International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo is "analysing" the situation in Kenya, following the bloody violence during December general elections, which led to death of almost 1,000 people and displacement of 300,000 others, stated Tuesday his spokesperson, Florence Olara.

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The analysis (a kind of legal investigation) by the office of the prosecutor (OTP) does not imply automatic opening of an investigation.

But, according to an observer of the ICC, it "allows to maintain pressure and close follow up".

In addition, the prosecutor is also conducting analyses in Afghanistan, Colombia and in Côte d'Ivoire. In the past, he has concluded an analysis on Venezuela and another one on Iraq. The prosecutor can open an investigation on his own initiative or at the request of a state party to the Court.

The Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, disputed the results in which President Mwai Kibaki was announced the victor. The two camps have accused each other over the violence and crimes against humanity.

During a recent diplomatic conference held in The Hague, the prosecutor stated that he had requested information from the relevant institutions in Kenya, which is allowed by article 15 of the Statute of the Court. The Argentine prosecutor added that he had also met with the former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, who facilitated the dialogue between the two camps.

On 28 February, the two camps signed a peace agreement, which led to formation of a coalition government. Formed on 13 April, the government led by Raila Odinga as the Prime Minister, includes 42 ministers, with an equal number of ministers from each side.

The president of the National Commission on Humans Rights, Maina Kiai, claimed that "the leaders do not listen to Kenyans. They are in two different worlds. Kenyans are clear beyond the parties' ethnic lines.. We want a less plethoric government that knows how to carry out reforms, to heal the wounds and to put in place reconciliation".

A law for the creation of a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission is currently being studied in Kenya.


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