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Wako: Why it won't be an easy task for court

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By | December 4th 2010

By BEAUTTAH OMANGA

Attorney General Amos Wako has said that ICC prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo has a daunting task to prove to the court that someone was responsible for the crimes committed.

"The Waki Commission, in its report, said evidence gathered was not sufficient to meet the threshold of proof required for criminal matters," said Wako.

He said lack of trust in the local judicial process and its failure to investigate and prosecute previous post-election violence had prompted the increasing faith among Kenyans in ICC.

Speaking when he opened an ICC workshop, in Nairobi. Wako, who has been away from public spotlight for nearly a month, said the Government had set up a Cabinet sub-committee to ensure proper working relations with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He said the country lost an opportunity provided by ICC to establish a special local tribunal to deal with crimes relating to post-election violence.

"The mood then, as it is today, was that Kenyans wanted the trials to be done at The Hague. This left the door open for the ICC to take up the investigations," said Wako.

Meanwhile, media owners want the Government to speed up development of Information Bill to free the accessibility of information to media channels. The media owners were speaking at the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation review conference in a Nairobi.

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