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Civil Society groups are now seeking the intervention of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to take over investigations into forced disappearance and police extra-judicial killings.
The Standard learned that Kituo cha Sheria and Haki Africa in the petition filed at the High Court through lawers John Khaminwa and John Mwariri, also seek to stop police's Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) from investigating officers from the dispanded Special Service Unit (SSU) claiming that they will cover up their colleagues involved in the disappearance of two Indians.
The civil groups argue that police cannot be trusted to investigate themselves. They sought that ICC should come on board to investigate whether extra-judicial killings by police officers constitute crimes against humanity.
"We are seeking an order compelling the Attorney General to forthwith refer the Kenyan situation requesting the ICC prosecutor to investigate the situation for the purpose of determining whether one or more specific persons should be charged with the commission of such crimes," they said.
According to the lobby groups, the numerous cases of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings is an issue of concern to many families in the country which should not be left to police to investigate themselves.
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