ICC asked to initiate corruption charges against Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Fatou Bensouda

Former ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo - Could he be facing corruption charges in The Hague?
Former ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo – Could he be facing corruption charges in The Hague?

By Staff Writer

A request has been made to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to initiate criminal proceedings against former ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on charges of corruption.

The request was made by the Nairobi-based Pan African Forum (PAN) which claims that Mr Moreno-Ocampo allegedly conspired with others, including the current ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to fraudulently initiate proceedings against Sudanese President Omar al Bashir who has since been indicted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity.

Speaking in London while returning from The Hague, PAN Chairman Dr David Nyekorach Matsanga told The London Evening Post, “We have a huge dossier of evidence against Ocampo and others that worked with him.” He added that the evidence includes video and audio tapes as well as bank statements that show the movement of huge sums of money to buy witnesses in order to facilitate the case against Gen Bashir.

PAN’s request has understandably been made pursuant to ICC’s Rule 103 of procedure and evidence. “We have applied to table the evidence we have as ex-parte confidential against three current ICC court officials that include Luis Moreno-Ocampo,” Matsanga said. Accusing the ICC of faking evidence against African cases it has so far tried and litigated, Dr Matsanga said the move against Ocampo and company was only but the beginning of several cases PAN will pursue against ICC senior officials. “At this stage, Sudan is only the beginning. We will follow later with cases in Kenya where witnesses were sexually molested by NGOs, where the same organisations were paid huge sums of money and where huge amounts of money were spent by the Office of The Prosecutor (OTP) to corruptly by witness.

PAN is also planning to bring evidence to show how OTP has corruptly influenced cases in Uganda, Libya and Sudan.

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