Statement by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Mrs. Fatou Bensouda at the press conference at the conclusion of Nairobi segment of ICC Prosecutorâ€™s visit to Kenya, Nairobi
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to see many of you here again on this last day of the Nairobi segment of my visit to Kenya.
First of all, I wish to extend my sincere thanks to the people and Government of Kenya and in particular President Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga for the warm welcome, and the traditional Kenyan hospitality extended to me and my delegation for this visit. I am especially grateful for the support of the Kenyan Government for the organisation of the complex logistics and security arrangements of this visit – not my first to Kenya, but my first as ICC Prosecutor.
I also reiterated my concerns regarding witness intimidation and the increasing climate of fear affecting those perceived to be ICC witnesses, their family members, as well as those perceived to be associated with the ICC. We agreed that witness intimidation is unacceptable and that both the Court and the Government of Kenya have a responsibility to investigate and punish anyone who intimidates or tampers with witnesses.
Yesterday, I met with the Chief Justice and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest. Additionally, I met with members of civil society, and also briefed the diplomatic community in Kenya on developments in my Office â€˜s work.
This morning, I went to Nakuru, in order to meet with victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence. This trip to Nakuru was an expression of my desire to listen to and interact with victims.
Lastly, I want to say this. I am prepared to say it again and again, lest there be any mistake. No matter what anyone else may say, whoever they are. We are impartial. We are objective. We are independent. We are not biased against anyone. We are not biased against Kalenjin or Kikuyu, not against Kisii or Luo, Maasai or any Kenyan tribe. This is not a case about political responsibility. It is not a case of targeting certain communities. It is about individual criminal responsibility.