Experts brand International Criminal Court letter to Malawi activists as ‘fake’

Commentators have questioned the authenticity of the letter purportedly coming from Hague International Criminal Court (ICC) which is a response to some  Malawi rights activists who are demanding the induction of some opposition and rights defenders on post-election violence.

Kachaje: The signature has been forged
Munthali: The ICC does not work on ‘possibility’  but rather evidence.

The letter is  signed by the court’s second vice president Judge Cuno Tarfusser  but the current second VP of the ICC is Marc Perrin de Brichambaut. The signatory of the letter, Cuno Tarfusser, was  second VP from 2012 to 2015 which has raised suspicion on credibility of the letter.

Henry Kachaje, a Malawian economist,  took to Facebook to  say the activists have forged the signature of Tarfusser.

“Forging a signature of a retred ICC judge is a serious offence and indication of serious desperations,” Kachale wrote.

At least 10 human rights defenders have written the International Criminal Court (ICC) to question Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, UTM president Saulos Chilima and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) officials Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence over the post-election violence following the anti-Jane Ansah protests.

According to the letter, ICC assures the  Malawi activists that their matter shall be dealt with by the ICC on return of the court from recess from August 12, 2019.

Kulimbamtima Chiotha: One of the signatories

But governance expert, Makhumbo Munthali, also told Nyasa Times that purported signatory already served his term until 2015.

“ICC has a new Veep. Besides, the signature is fake and the letter doesn’t have factual contents about Malawi ratification of ICC Statute.

“The letter claims Malawi ratified the Rome Statute of ICC 2009. This is false. Malawi signed and ratified the Statute in 1999 and 2002 respectively,” Munthali observed.

According to Munthali, the letter might certainly be the work of propaganda machinery of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) “ aimed at diverting the public attention from real issues pertaining to the quest for electoral justice”  being championed by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and the opposition.

He said the letter by the activists – believed to be bankrolled by DPP –  shows lack of ignorance of the mandate of ICC as well as its jurisdiction.

Munthali said the allegations being levelled against the  HRDC leadership and opposition  are completely outside the ICC crimes.

“I doubt if the ICC Prosecutor would find such allegations admissible.  Besides, most the issues relating to the elections are currently being addressed by the domestic Courts inclusive cases of violence during demonstrations are within Police attention.

“Informed by the fact that ICC functions as a Court of last resort on specific crimes under its jurisdiction as clearly spelt out in the Rome Statute of ICC, it is likely that these allegations will be dismissed on 2 grounds: a). That they don’t qualify as one of the four  crimes of concern under ICC jurisdiction b). That these issues are already being handled at domestic level,” said Munthali.

He continued:“The ICC does not work on ‘possibility’  but rather evidence. These DPP cadets masquerading as human rights activist claim to be raising an alarm of possibility of the four committing crimes against humanity not speculation.”

Phillip Kamangira

The court, which sits in The Hague,  acts on evidence not speculation, Munthali explained.

Meanwhile, some Malawians have taken up in various social media platforms to condemn some of the rights activists who have written the ICC over post-election violence after it emerged that two of them some of them are confessed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets.

However, it has transpired that one of the signatories  Phillip Kamangira is a confessed DPP operative.

Kamangira vied for the position of deputy publicity secretary in the DPP during the party convention but failed.

Another signatory to the letter Kulimbamtima Chiotcha is also a confessed DPP cadet.

And  Emily Banda has been removed from the list of the signatories after it emerged that the activists forged her signature.

She says she will be consulting her legal team over the forgery issue.

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nompumelelo khuzwayo
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desperation peoples’ party. koma kuli ntchito chaka chake ndi chino!!!!!

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

Kkkkkkkk!!!..😂😂😂😂😂😂😃 munya manyi amutharika kkkkk!!!.

Mr Truth Pains
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Cadets at it again, this time around forgery of signature of ICC retired officer.

You have just shown your stupidity at best. If indeed u managed to forge the signature of the high profile person like this one then how can you fail to forge for presiding officers again??

TOSH
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SINDIMANENA DPP NDI ZITSIRU NDINANEA KUTI AKUZITCHELERA OKHA MSAMPHA NANGA PAMENEPO OLAKWA NDI MTAMBO, CHAKA CHAKE NDI CHINO MUNYERA SIMUNATI

Chigadula Rabson
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Chigadula Rabson

I too smelt a dpp rat when I saw how QUICK was the so called ‘response’ from the alleged ‘ICC’. That’s how desparate the ‘Desparate People’s Party’ is! For the past decade or so that they have recklessly been in power, they have been producing this ‘kind of brute’ future presidents and first ladies! Pa Chichewa amati, ‘Make mbuuu! mwana mbuuuu!’. Should this kind of ‘prospective politicians’ eventually succeed their current bunch of mafia-type of tribal and nepotistic die-hards, where is the future of Malawi? DPPPPPPPP?

.KULIMBAMTIMA
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.KULIMBAMTIMA

A kulimbamtima Chiotcha mwatopa ndi uhule tu mwati pano mubebetse u cadet? mwaona kuti PP kulibe chiliko, mungafe otuwa bola kukwera ya Dpp yi mudyeko ndalama zamagazi, ndinu a chizeleza ndi azinzanuwo!

NYASI
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NYASI

Real crimes against humanity in a country where an average person earns less than a Dollar a day, :

1.women and children dying in hospitals from preventable diseases because of lack of medicines and resources
2, First lady Getrude Muthalika and Judith Chimulirenji goung on MK80m shopping spree, while mothers are dying in hospitals for lack of proper care
3. the President Pocketing MK145M from illegal deals

Kaitano
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Kaitano

This is what dpp knows, but what you have done you cadets is to put Malawi on fire because just forgery is criminal! This means Malawi has a criminal case to answer to the highest court in the world, kikkkkk machimo ubelekana hahahahhahaha haaahaa! Tikozetikoze mwanyulanazo maliro, ndiye munve mmene forgery case mmene imayendela, siimatha ndipo ilibe dipo, wopanga forge signature amayenela apite kundende moyo wake onse, in this case cadet wadzikumbira lake dzenje ili. If they can manage to forge the signature of the person of the highest posution without fear , how can they fail to forge Thambo… Read more »

Charie
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Charie

Ndiye ndi vuto limenere Mesa amagwira ntchito yawo ya Ku Dpp inu komwe mumagwira ntchitoko mulibe uniform.?musatinyase ndi ndale zanu zachimidzi zokamba zamabodza zokhazokha

Nyasa
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Nyasa

@ Charlie

Kodi mukuti chiyani kweni kweni?.

COPS
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COPS

Ndi achitsiru a cadet a Charie wa, musataye nawo nthawi, he has a very tiny blue brain.

Likoma
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Likoma

@ Charlie

So the two who are some of the signatories to the purported letter to ICC work for DPP and not CSOs?

zenizeni
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zenizeni

izo mbava zipose apa,i wish a ICC atayiwerenga news iyi and sue these guys for forgerly ya signature.this is a criminal offence yoyenera internation action

Luso
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Luso

They hadvery read the news!