Those who imagine that the calls for a local tribunal to try perpetrators of the 2008 PEV were to favour the accused are dead wrong. Basic understanding of the Kenyan constitution will reveal that crimes against humanity are serious crimes, worse than many other capital offences. The accused would not have been granted bail on any circumstances. they would be now cooling their heels, behind the walls of Kamiti.
I made a comment which was published in the Daily Nation of Monday, 20th February, 2012 and was titled ‘Best Hotels’. I observed that the Ocampo 4 should be happy the trials are taking place at the Hague since they will be free. And if they continue with their offensive against the ICC, and the judges choose to arrest them, they should not worry as the facilities there are just as good as some five star hotels in Kenya. My comment is quoted below:
BEST HOTELS: Those thinking the Ocampo Four would have had an easier time were the trials to be held in Kenya are mistaken, remarks Martin Tairo Maseghe. According to him, former Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, and the other two are better off at the ICC, “as they will remain free men during the trials”. In Kenya, he adds, the suspects would today be cooling their heels in remand. “But if they get detained, the ICC facilities are comparable to suites in the best hotels in Nairobi.”
And after reading my comment, the PM woke up and made his statement.