AU Tells Uhuru Not To Show Up AT ICC Trial
African nations on Saturday said that Kenyan
President Uhuru Kenyatta should not show up for trial
at the International Criminal Court before a response
is given to demands his case be adjourned.
"What the summit decided is that President Kenyatta
should not appear until the requests we have made
is actually answered," said Ethiopian Foreign Minister
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus after a special African
"This elected leader should lead his country," he said.
Tedros did not say if a mass pull-out of African
nations from the ICC was discussed at the summit,
but said it could be an option in the future if the AU's
requests were not met.
"The option is open, it's on the table but no need to
resort to that now," he told reporters.
Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have been
charged with crimes against humanity for allegedly
masterminding a vicious campaign of ethnic violence
that left at least 1,100 dead and more than 600,000
homeless after disputed 2007 elections.
Now allies and elected this year on a platform of
national reconciliation, they argue the case is
violating Kenyan sovereignty, undoing efforts at
national reconciliation and hampering their running
of the country.
The African Union has also accused the Hague-based
ICC of singling out Africa when pursuing cases.
Ruto's trial is underway and Kenyatta is due in court
on November 12.
Should the accused fail to turn up for any of the
hearings that could trigger arrest warrants, with
Kenya then running the risk of diplomatic isolation.