A top prosecutor from an international court stated on Tuesday that she is ready to work with Kenyan government officials to make certain the Islamic terrorists who perpetrated a savage attack at a Kenyan shopping mall are tried for their murders and other crimes, according to Kenyan law enforcement.
The International Criminal Court's Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in The Hague, Netherlands, extended her condolences to the victims of the al-Qaeda-linked, Somali terrorist organization Al-Shabaab's bloody attack on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as to the victims' families and the Kenyan people.
Bensouda's public statement mentioned that she prayed for the hostages held in the mall by the terrorists to be rescued unharmed and that the terrorist attack and subsequent hostage-situation would swiftly end.
"Such attacks by armed groups upon innocent civilians are contrary to international law and may constitute a crime under the Rome Statute, to which Kenya is a State Party," the ICC statement said.
The Rome Statute, which was established in the summer of 1998, is a permanent institution and that was given the power to exercise its jurisdiction over persons for the most serious crimes of international concern, and was meant to be complementary to "national criminal jurisdictions."
According to the Rome Statute, an 81-page document, the ICC the jurisdiction of the court is limited to:
(a) The crime of genocide;
(b) Crimes against humanity;
(c) War crimes;
(d) The crime of aggression.
Kenya's neighbor, Somalia, has not had an effective central government for more than two decades, while the Islamist terrorist organization Al-Shabaab has grown stronger and more skilled in the use of propaganda while also developing greater operational capabilities, according to Examiner.
Al Shabaab has used propaganda as both a method of reporting victories and as a tool to weaken the legitimacy of the Somali government and to improve its own legitimacy in the eyes of the civilian population, according to an Examiner news report.
While Al-Shabaab has retaliated against Kenya for its army's activities to fight terrorists in Somalia as part of the African Union task force, the shopping mall attack was the first time its members launched a significant attack in Kenya's capital of Nairobi.