Activist accuses ex-ICC Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo of receiving bribes

Activist accuses ex-ICC Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo of receiving bribes

The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) in the International Criminal Court (ICC) under former Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo received between 3 to 7 million dollars (about 300 – 700 million shillings) from international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to corruptly fix and indict President Omar-Al-Bashir of Sudan, this is according to Pan African Forum leader Dr. David Nyekorach Matsanga.

In a letter to the President of the ICC, Matsanga claims that he has evidence of money siphoned into private accounts of individuals who were linked or are still linked to the OTP and then shared amongst themselves.

“Madam President of the Court, the documents I intend to place before you are a proof of how deep the scourge of corruption was embedded in the Sudan case ICC/02/05. I have fought tooth and nail to expose the undercurrents in OTP to show insanity in both cases. I have blown a big whistle for over 11 years telling the world that something was wrong in the OTP under Luis Moreno Ocampo and Fatou Bensouda as his deputy prosecutor but your court rejected me and decided to eat the money,” read the letter in part.

In the letter, Matsanga said he is willing to travel to the ICC court if summoned in order to give full evidence and a full picture of how the corruption occurred under Ocampo and three other OTP staff.

“Madam President of the Court, therefore, termination of all these cases is the best exit route that the court can do to maintain and safeguard the interest on international justice where victims and suspects will receive justice,” further read the letter.

Matsanga noted his disappointment with the ICC for the trend of corruption and fake evidence that has been, in his opinion, the hallmark of all African cases.

“The African Continent needs this court to insulate itself from ruthless dictators who roam some parts of this continent but given the way the court has handled the African cases, it will be difficult to stop the AU calling for total non-cooperation with ICC.”

Bashir has been wanted since 2009 by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.

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