Ruto’s lawyer, Adrian Kamotho writes to ICC reporting Raila, Uhuru over the ongoing anti-government protests.
A lawyer who defended President William Ruto in the petition for the August 2022 presidential election has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to look into the continuing anti-government demonstrations and bring charges against Raila Odinga.
On Friday, July 28, Adrian Kamotho, a lawyer for Victims of Maandamano Insurgents (VMI), asserted that his clients had suffered the majority of the crimes committed by protestors.
According to Kamotho’s letter to ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan, the anti-government protests were motivated by mayhem, vandalism, looting, terror, and property destruction.
“We are instructed to respectfully draw your attention to grave humanitarian atrocities and war crimes perpetrated against our clients that fall at the heart of your mandate as delineated by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which inter alia confers upon the ICC, unfettered jurisdiction in relation to crimes of international concern, in complementarity to national criminal jurisdictions.
“Our clients are compellingly persuaded that a time has come for the Office of the Prosecutor to take decisive steps in consonance with Article 15 of the Rome Statute to redress acute humanitarian transgressions and war crimes being perpetrated with impunity by Hon. Raila Odinga, a former prime minister,” Kamotho requested.
Ruto’s lawyer also accused former President Uhuru Kenyatta of declining to retire and engaging in an extremist political overdrive.
Kamotho implored ICC to unearth alleged ill motives concealed by the Handshake brothers towards the Republic of Kenya, arguing that they devised their sinister plots after losing the August 2022 Presidential Election to President William Ruto.
“Upon conclusion of the transition, Kenya enjoyed a remarkable period of boisterous peace and tranquillity. However, in subsequent days, our clients avow that Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga of the Azimio Coalition, in partnership with Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, the chairman of the said Coalition, commenced a scathing campaign of hate, disinformation, propaganda, incitement, and violence against the lawfully established Government of the Republic of Kenya.
“Astounding to our client, is the callous manner in which Odinga and Kenyatta continue to sponsor a wave of terror and deadly violence codenamed Maandamano against innocent citizens and law enforcement agencies,” the letter read in parts.
Kamotho requested that the ICC keep an eye on the situation in Kenya and be prepared to act if necessary.
This comes days after Operation Linda Ugatuzi, reported President William Ruto, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, and Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome to the ICC over police conduct during the anti-government protests.
On Thursday, July 20, Linda Ugatuzi accused the group of committing crimes against humanity and urged the ICC to launch an investigation and bring charges against them for the destruction of property and the killing of unarmed citizens.
The Azimio coalition has also announced it’s collecting evidence to sue the Ruto administration in Hague.
“We are currently assembling more evidence which we will shortly present to the ICC with an appeal to the court to open a file on State-sanctioned police atrocities in Kenya,” Raila warned on Wednesday.