'ICC pursues partisan interests, not justice'

Senior Kenyan official says International Criminal Court has no legitimacy, protects terrorists 'in the name of civil liberties.'

Eliran Aharon ,

Dr. Korir Sing'Oei
Dr. Korir Sing'Oei
Eliran Aharon

The International Criminal Court at the Hague has become a tool for political interests and cannot be looked to for justice, a leading Kenyan official told Arutz Sheva Tuesday.

Speaking at the Shurat HaDin's Towards a New Law of War conference in Israel, Legal Advisor to the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya Dr. Korir Sing'Oei, cited the ICC's involvement in his own country's affairs to illustrate that the court "has not served the interests of justice, nor the interests of victims, nor the interests of reconciliation, but has instead been used to advance partisan interests."

Sing'Oei pointed to a particularly problematic discrepancy in the ICC's mandate, which allows it to prosecute state actors while granting non-state actors - such as terrorist organizations - a free pass.

"Israel like Kenya is facing complex and difficult challenges, such as terrorism," he said. "Terrorism is an offense which the International Criminal Court has done nothing to address. Instead we have some of these terrorists who are actually protected in the name of 'civil liberties'" by the court.

"There is need for an international court that can actually begin to try issues that are relevant to people," he added. "Issues that relate to human security and human preservation, as opposed to engaging in rumors and pursuing a political agenda on behalf of other countries."