Rwanda's Kagame slams 'selective' ICC justice

2013-10-16 11:14

Cape Town – Rwandan President Paul Kagame has accused the International Criminal Court of dispensing "selective" justice, in the latest blast of criticism from Africa against the court, a report says.

According to Africa review, Kagame said the world was divided into categories which saw some people having the power to use international justice to judge others.

He said it was not plausible to have an international justice system that dispensed justice selectively or politically.

Kagame's remarks come at a time when the African Union has clearly stated it will not allow a sitting head of state to be prosecuted by an international tribunal – in a clear reference to the trial that is about to begin at the ICC against Kenya's leader Uhuru Kenyatta, who is accused of crimes against humanity.

Some African leaders accuse the ICC of disproportionately targeting Africans.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is said to have openly advised Kenyatta not to attend his trial set to begin on 12 November. The veteran leader said Kenyatta could not reduce himself by appearing before ICC when no Western leader had been subjected to such treatment.

The international court has indicted only Africans so far.

  • Louis Van Den Elst - 2013-10-16 11:42

    You know dictators like you only free yourself and not the people who voted you into power Why are you scared of going , just using the excuses as a hook to hang your hat on same I tune as calling someone a racist how many people died at your hand

      Michael de Villiers - 2013-10-16 14:30

      @Shepard - killing millions? Would like to see some reliable sources for that.

      Attie Stone - 2013-10-16 18:49

      Let's say you're right Sheperd. You reckon that African tyrants should be allowed to carry on slaughtering their people....because Bush & Blair have not been prosecuted yet? Why do I feel so many people who claim to be such avid supporters for their peoples freedom from oppression, miss the point completely.

  • Vambozha Mutemi Wadzo - 2013-10-16 11:51

    This ICC must be called ACC (African CC), its only helping the oppressors to further implement their imperialistic agendas. In Africa what they call genocide they call it collateral damage or just war in the west and EU. Perpetrators of that "collateral damage" are even rewarded for their "patriotism". I am not saying Taylor was right or the Rwandan killings were justified but why is it its only in Africa where its said its wrong.

      Simphiwe Charlie - 2013-10-16 12:19

      Exactly, until we see the likes of George Bush face trial no African should bow to the ICC

  • SaintBruce Bruce - 2013-10-16 12:11

    So why haven't the AU got off their bums and taken action themselves on those in Africa who have so clearly violated human rights? Maybe their chums have the same information on them as well and so the whole AU "Club" would dissolve ? The general criminality of political leaders the world over is not going to be solved very easily. The African leaders are probably worse than the rest but there are few angels out there.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-16 12:41

      "So why haven't the AU got off their bums and taken action themselves on those in Africa who have so clearly violated human rights?" Simple, because these violations don't occur in a vacuum. Take the example of both Sudan and Kenya. The ICC is mostly concentrating on giving legal solutions to political problems, which will have to be sorted by the AU. In the case of Kenya the ICC has ignored the wishes of Kenyans, who have voted overwhelmingly for the incumbents and the efforts of Kenyans to reconcile following the atrocities that took place in that country. There were about 1500 deaths in Kenya. Whilst this is of course terrible and tragic, is it really something for the international community to get involved with. I might sound brutal and heartless, but I would not put that figure as something constituting a 'crime against humanity'. It was an internal problem to be solved internally, with regional and continental (AU) involvement, not for the ICC. In Sudan, (not to excuse any crimes which African leaders do commit)despite reported deaths of a quarter of a million people, stability and some semblance of peace has been established by the AU through the creation of South Sudan. The threats of arresting the Sudanese leader by the ICC didn't solve anything other than ensuring that leaders will entrench their power even further. Given the impunity of certain people (western leaders) in this world, the AU's decision exposes the ICC for what it is.

  • Mpadu - 2013-10-16 13:15

    HaLaLa; Panique moment... Time for EVERYTHING Mister.:D

  • Eric Chauke - 2013-10-16 14:49

    Paul kagame must be brought before the ICC for all crimes commited by his m23 in the democratic republic of congo*

      Mustapha Desire Kazadi - 2013-10-21 08:00

      you are 100% my dear

  • Scott Dunlop - 2013-10-16 14:51

    One key issue is that the ICC has no extradition powers or independent security force capable of delivering/expediting warrants. The AU refuses to facilitate the ICC, so it's seen as an irrelevant agency on the continent, when in actual fact, there are many dictators and warlords that deserve scrutiny and indictment for crimes against humanity/war crimes.

  • Adora Domingo - 2013-10-16 15:40

    well accepted that its only African Leaders that have appeared so far, but rejecting the ICC has more serious problems for the African people. if it were to be accepted that a sitting head of state cannot be prosecuted, that would create conditions for those heads of state to refuse to relinquish power and stay until they die to avoid prosecution. africa as of now is suffering from oppression from dictators, so such idea will create more dictators. the next thing will be you cannot try serving army generals or personnel, then serving politician? the question then would who then can be prosecuted? That is very backward indeed

  • Daniel Watson - 2013-10-16 16:08

    African leader don't want the ICC to prosecute leaders in africa if they have been accused of human rights violations....then who will seek justice for the victims....not the AU ....leaders in africa tend to look after one another's interests.....what has AU done about Robert wen his gang was on a ethnic cleansing all for justice for the victims....if africa's leaders don't want to go to the ICC run a clean government killing your citizens no going ICC.....its that simple

      Baumane Selemane Kalémbo - 2013-10-16 19:10

      The african people,not the colonial masters!

      Norah Nolele Appolus - 2014-01-03 07:40

      You are naive to the point of being ridiculous!! If justice is dispensed selectively- in this case targeting Africans- then you will get us on the defensive. We feel threatened by this ICC and therefore we will defend our own, simple! You talk about Mugabe and conveniently forget Bush in Iraq and closer to home, your former apartheid leaders who are still alive and kicking, and if memory serves me well: was apartheid not declared a crime against humanity?? So please, let's not be selective or cast aspersions on our leaders when yours are not lily-white either, no pun intended. And you so casually say "if African leaders don't want to go to the ICC run a clean government..." Did your parents or you for that matter, stand up and tell the apartheid government to run a "clean" government? I thought not. So kindly shut your mouth.

  • David Mdoka - 2013-10-16 18:35

    President Mugabe is 100% right

  • David Mdoka - 2013-10-16 18:36

    President Mugabe is 100% right

  • Andy McHeart Siya - 2013-10-16 22:28

    The AU is a failure by itself ,political violence, hunger,Diseases ,Dictactorships,failed policies, corruption is our daily food on our continent until Europeans come to our rescue Kagame is a criminal himself for his support of the M23, Mugabe himself is the senior criminal from the day he took office ,Gukurahundi , land grabs etc , but he's got a position in AU

  • Richard Scully - 2013-10-16 23:54

    The criminals are all in Zuma asking why he's always accused...because he's guilty

  • Michael McN - 2013-10-17 03:24

    Though I generally dislike Robert Mugabe, he did get this right. However, his prescription to fix the problem is exactly wrong. African leaders should as one demand that America, Britain and other western countries sign the Treaty of Rome and give up any war criminals they may be harboring. When a tool is broken, fix it. Don't just throw it away.

  • Ffubu-pc Ffubu - 2013-10-17 06:50

    guys kagame never said his innocent, he knows very well that he has kill many ppl in rwanda and congo, what he said :am not the only one in the icc, what abt others? like bush ect..

      Daniel Watson - 2013-10-17 10:10

      All leaders in africa who kill their own ppl should go to ICC and face the makes africa safer for its masses...but hot for its leaders ..why protect a few to the detriment of millions....

  • Mustapha Desire Kazadi - 2013-10-21 07:58

    Kagame do not fool the world, you will be the next after your reign. The world is not divided into categories.

  • Norah Nolele Appolus - 2014-01-03 07:28

    ICC can go to hell and back with its selective justice! Pardon me but did the half-wit President George Bush son not say that he invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein wanted to kill his father? And the British lapdog went along for the ride, costing him his swish job! How come the ICC did not prosecute them? Did they prosecute Pinochet, the Latin American Hitler? They let him eventually die in the lap of luxury, unperturbed! And the Belgian royal family? Someone has to pay for the genocide of the Congolese people (re: King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hothschild) even if it's reparations, after all the Germans paid reparations to the Jews long after the fall of the third reich. Come to think of it, apartheid leaders must be made to pay as well for the killing of innocent schoolchildren, political assassinations, sending letter bombs to women, raiding neighboring countries, raining bombs on defenseless children in Cassinga, etc, etc. There are loads of them still alive today. Why does the ICC ignore them? No folks, this ICC of yours is selective to say the least and I fully back Africa on this.

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