African leaders want ICC to drop Kenya trials


African leaders are due to pass a resolution urging the International Criminal Court to refer back to Kenya the crimes-against-humanity cases against the country’s top leaders, according to a senior African Union official.

Ramtane Lamamra, AU’s security commissioner, said the resolution would be passed on Monday as the continental bloc continued with activities to mark its golden jubilee.

“We will be approving this morning what the ministers have proposed, definitely,” Lamamra told the AFP news agency, referring to a draft agreed on Friday by foreign ministers.

The resolution calls for the ICC to refer back to Kenya the cases against recently elected President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto.

Kenyatta and Ruto, elected in March, both face trial in The Hague for their alleged roles in orchestrating deadly violence after the in 2007 election which left 1,100 people dead.

Leaders will call for the “termination of the ICC process … jurisdictions in Kenya will have to take care of the situation”. Lamamra said.

“Heads of state will support what the ministers have proposed.”

Lamamra was speaking on the sidelines of the AU summit in the Ethiopian capital.

Read it at Aljazeera


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