The African Union summit, which ended May 27 in Addis Ababa, agreed to press the United Nations to move the charges against President Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, to Kenya.
African leaders believe that the ICC prosecutions “have degenerated into some kind of race hunt” of Africans, African Union chairman Hailemariam Desalegn said.
Politicians Kenyatta and Ruto both face trials later this year at the ICC in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity over allegations they helped orchestrate the tribal attacks that followed Kenya’s 2007 election, in which more than 1,000 people died.
Africa’s leaders, who were in the Ethiopian capital for a three-day summit to mark the 50th year anniversary of the founding of the continent-wide organization, voted to endorse Kenya’s proposal that the ICC charges against Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto should instead be handled domestically in Kenya. Read more...