Now African states in aggressive diplomatic efforts to halt ICC trials of three Kenyans
Saturday September 14 2013
Emerging details reveal the desperate manoeuvres by the EA leaders to get President Uhuru Kenyatta to prevent his deputy from attending the ICC sittings ahead of his own trial on charges of crimes against humanity. Photos/FILE Nation Media Group
The EastAfrican has learnt that President Kenyatta insisted on his deputy attending court, arguing that failure to appear before the ICC could trigger a warrant of arrest and “the argument of whether they are innocent would be lost.”
After failing to stop Mr Ruto’s brief appearance in the ICC dock last week, African states, led by the African Union and masterminded by Uganda, are now pursuing an aggressive diplomatic effort to halt the trials.
In addition, President Museveni has successfully sought an extraordinary summit of the African Union, whose sole agenda will be Africa’s relationship with the ICC. The meeting is to be held in October, ahead of the start of President Kenyatta’s trial.