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Western diplomats agree to suspend Kenyatta's ICC trial

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by Joseph Earnest October 15, 2013


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 Telegraph.

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.   Add Comments>>







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