Newscast Media NAIROBI—Western diplomats have reached an agreement that would
see President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial suspended by the International Criminal Court
(ICC) for a year. The deal is scheduled to be presented to the UN Security Council for
consummation, according to UK’s Daily Telegraph media outlet.
The Telegraph reported that an extraordinary summit of the African Union on
Saturday issued an ultimatum to the court to stop the case, warning judges that Mr
Kenyatta must not be compelled to face trial.
Mr Kenyatta, who was elected in March, welcomed the decision and criticised the
court. “It stopped being the home of justice the day it became the toy of declining
imperial powers,” he said. “Africa is not a third-rate territory of second-class peoples.
We are not a project, or experiment of outsiders.” Diplomats fear the trial could
create a impasse in which the Kenyan leader either pulls out of the process at the
last minute, or African states start withdrawing from its jurisdiction, according to the
A senior European diplomat stated that Kenyatta is not an indicted figure who is
defying the court.
“He is not like Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir. He is someone who is working closely
with the West in a region in chaos that needs to tackle a very worrying terrorist
situation. A solution must be found that avoids a breakdown in relations with
Kenyatta or the court’s authority,” he said.
According to The Telegraph, European officials have sought to adopt measures to
ensure Kenyatta is not forced to leave the country in the wake of the Westgate mall
terror attack, therefore a resolution that would suspend the ICC trial could be
adopted by the end of the month.