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Former MP asks ICC to prosecute govt officials

afrol News, 9 April - The former Kenya member of parliament Paul Kibugi Muite has called on the Hague based International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute senior government officials for extra judicial killings in the East African state.

Mr Muite has reportedly written a letter to the international court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo to continue investigations saying he has information he was willing to share with an ICC investigator if the ICC agreed to his request.

In his petition to Mr Moreno Ocampo, he quoted the ICC prosecutor’s statement saying that Mr Kibaki as commander in chief of Kenya’s armed forces is criminally culpable for the killing and enforced disappearances of over 600 youths in Central Kenya, Mount Elgon, Nairobi and other parts of the country in the past three years.

Topping his list of officials to be executed, is President Kibaki, whom he said he bears criminal responsibility for the state killings since 2006.

Earlier this year, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, accused the police of killing people with impunity, saying most of the junior officers are acting from the directive orders of the seniors.

"In the Kenyan case, the criminal responsibility for extra judicial executions falls on the President Kibaki, his minister in his office in charge of internal security, minister John Michuki, who was minister in 2006 when this policy of extermination was put in place, the Police Commissioner, director of intelligence and the commanders of this extra judicial execution squad," he said.

Mr Muite who has been very vocal about police brutality and extra judicial killings has also claimed to have received credible information about the plan by the police killing squad to assassinate him.

"Last Sunday, I received specific information from credible sources that members of the Kwekwe Squad, responsible for carrying out extra judicial executions, have been given instructions to get rid of me,” he told local newspapers.

Since the rapporteur released the report in Kenya on extra-judicial killings, the government has received harsh criticism both in Kenya and abroad.

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