Africans demand UN delays Kenya leader’s ICC trial by 1 year

2013-11-15 10:21

The African Union (AU) is demanding that the UN Security Council vote today to shelve for a year the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Kenya’s president on charges of crimes against humanity.

The AU says the delay would give Kenya time to beef up counterterrorism efforts. Pressure has intensified since September’s terror attack on a Nairobi shopping centre that killed 67 people.

The Hague-based ICC charged Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and his vice-president with crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in postelection violence that killed more than 1 000 people between late 2007 and early 2008.

Kenyatta has successfully rallied African leaders to denounce the ICC for unfairly targeting Africans.

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