Arusha, November 29, 2012 (FH) – Kenyan Attorney General (AG) Githu Muigai and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga say the government is fully cooperating with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to assist the ICC trial of four prominent Kenyans, according to Kenyan daily The Standard.

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“We have co-operated with the ICC since the case opened. Even now I have five letters I am sending to the court,”the AG is quoted as saying.He continued: “No Kenyan is above the law. We will continue to work closely with ICC.” Muigai said Kenyan authorities have done their best, contrary to allegations that they were reluctant to provide the ICC with materials against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, former legislator William Ruto, ex-Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura and journalist Joshua arap Sang. The four have been charged with crimes against humanity for their alleged role in 2007/08 post-election violence that left more than 1,000 dead and many more displaced. ICC judges have set the start of trials for April next year.The remarks come just a month after ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda paid a visit to Kenya, during which she renewed calls for the government to release evidence that would help her office prosecute the four suspects.

At a press conference in Nairobi on October 25, 2012, Bensouda said she had met with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga and conveyed her office’s concerns regarding a number of delays in the government’s response to requests related to investigations.She said the two top officials assured her of their willingness to ensure timely and effective execution of the pending requests. FK/ER/GF