NAIROBI, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda said on Tuesday that she was ready to work with Kenyan authorities to ensure that the radicals who attacked a shopping mall in Kenya are brought to justice.
In a statement, Bensouda also expressed her deep sympathy to the victims of the appalling attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi which has so far left 62 people dead and 175 others injured.
"In expressing her solidarity with the victims, their families and the people of Kenya, and with full respect for the primacy of jurisdiction of the Republic of Kenya, the Prosecutor stands ready to work with the international community and the government of Kenya to ensure that those responsible for these crimes are brought to justice," she said.
The ICC chief prosecutor prayed that the hostages held in the mall have been safely delivered and for a swift end to this dire situation.
She said 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.
Bensounda's statement comes after the ICC Judges excused Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto to return home to help deal with the tragedy at the besieged Westgate shopping mall.
Ruto who arrived in Nairobi shortly after 8 p.m. on Monday expressed the government's unfettered resolve to keep the country safe noting that every step will be taken to take the war on terror to the criminals' doorsteps.
"Terrorism can be and must be fought mercilessly and defeated whenever it occurs," he said at the airport on arrival from The Hague.
He said that he learnt of the terrorist attack on innocent lives at the upscale Westgate Mall with great shock and sadness, adding the country has been able to successfully deal with previous terrorist attacks and was not ready to relent on this course.
"We have thwarted many attempts by this primitive, backward and barbaric group before they should know that Kenya is ready for them," he said.
The deputy president is facing crimes against humanity charges for his alleged roles in murders, deportation or forcible transfer of population, and persecution during Kenya's 2007-2008 post- election violence.
Ruto, who was a member of parliament at the time, is the first senior Kenyan politician to stand trial for crimes committed during the violence.
He added the country will always triumph over terrorists "because they work for the devil and we work for the living God, we will defeat them."