African Union says Kenya leader should not go to trial in November

ADDIS ABABA Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:47am EDT

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ADDIS ABABA Oct 12 (Reuters) - African leaders agreed on Saturday that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta should not attend trial at the International Criminal Court if the U.N. Security Council did not agree to delay the proceedings, Ethiopia's foreign minister said.

Tedros Adhanom said that the African Union would request the trial be deferred under article 16 of the court's Rome Statute that allows a delay of a year subject to renewal and would request a postponement if that demand was not agreed.

"If that is not met what the summit decided is that President Kenyatta should not appear until the request we have made is actually answered," Tedros told journalists, explaining decisions of a meeting to discuss Africa's relations with the court.

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oxen wrote:
The ICC and UN must ignore all the rants of the autocrats leading the charge of withdrawing from the ICC. Uganda leaders have cases to answer in the DC plunder and northern Uganda, and there are many juntas; despots and warlords in Africa. Right now the international community is spending much money,losing personnel in DRC due to the hegemony of some war lords and regimes fanning violence there. The African leaders are advocating for the immunity of sitting presidents because they know that they will cling to power. E.g. Uganda , Rwanda etc. So the notion that regimes holding citizens at ransom can pull out of ICC or make any orders and give ultimatums to ICC is the most ludicrous suggestion these tyrants can make. They instead should be begging ICC for mercy not giving it ultimatum. If any nation withdraws , the international community should even exponentially increase the pressure and not allow any such leaders on any international fora or function, put sanctions on the regime leaders and stop all aid that goes to help directly to their militia that includes child soldiers they forcefully recruit & call an army

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