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Justice Update – Double K: Kenya and Kosovo back in The Hague

Paul Gicheru appearing via videolink from the ICC detention unit (ICC-CPI/Flickr)

Some cases, some countries keep on popping up in The Hague. This week Kosovo and Kenya both reappeared.

The alleged crimes in Kosovo, which previously formed part of proceedings at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, are now being examined by a new body the Kosovo Tribunal or formally the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. Check out the background in our earlier feature episodes with Maj Grasten here and with Una Hadjari here.

There has been a flurry of arrivals of former Kosovo Liberation Army commanders, now turned senior statesmen – including even presiden Hashim Thaci, who resigned before boarding a plan to The Hague – who’ll be facing substantial charges of war crimes and torture for their role in what prosecutors allege is a network of detention facilities were opponents were held, tortured and killed.

Also this week, Kenyan layer Paul Gicheru handed himself in to the Dutch who handed him over the the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face allegations of bribery or attempted bribery connected to a case judges closed down part way through, four years ago, because it had been hopelessly tainted by witness interference. That was the case against another senior statesman – vice president William Ruto and journalist Joseph arap Sang – for their role in post election violence in 2007. Gicheru had resisted being transferred in 2017 and had the Kenyan courts back him up. But suddenly he appeared.

We chat and get Tom Maliti on International Justice Monitor to fill in our knowledge gaps.


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