Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the ongoing process at the International Criminal Court on Kenyan politics.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The British Government strongly supports the International Criminal Court (ICC) process, which provides justice for the victims of post-elections violence in 2007-08 and serves as a powerful deterrent to the use of violence for political ends. Polls consistently show that Kenyans want to see justice against the perpetrators of that violence. The ICC cases should be treated as an independent legal process, not a political one. We welcome the co-operation of the suspects and the recent statement by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General confirming the Government of Kenya's continued co-operation with the Court. Seeing the process through will bring great credit to Kenya.

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