African Union against trial of Kenyatta

AFP , Saturday 12 Oct 2013

Opposing trial of Kenya's president at The Hague, the African Union's Executive Council says such cases should be dealt with through an AU-backed court

Ethiopia's foreign ministry spokesman says the African Union's (AU) Executive Council has agreed that the International Criminal Court's charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya are "totally unacceptable."

Dina Mufti said by telephone that the AU feels the trial of Kenyatta will hinder Kenya's fight against terrorism. The AU council proposed that Africans should deal with cases of genocide through an AU-backed court, and should not be forced to resort to the ICC in The Hague.

Mufti said these points will be presented to African heads of state Saturday.

Kenyatta faces crimes against humanity charges for Kenya's 2007-2008 post-election violence in which more than 1,000 people died.

Some African officials have indicated their countries may sever ties with the ICC in solidarity with Kenya.

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