AU demands Kenyatta trial delay

NAIROBI - The African Union summit in Ethiopia has demanded a deferral of The Hague trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, due to start in November.

It also agreed a resolution stating no sitting African head of state should appear before an international court.

With both Kenyan and Sudanese presidents facing ICC cases, African leaders have long complained that the court unfairly targets them.

The AU had discussed withdrawing from the ICC, but failed to get support.

Senior figures including Kofi Annan have criticised plans to quit the ICC.

The AU leaders, meeting in Addis Ababa, agreed to back immunity for any sitting African head of state.

They also asked Kenya to write to the UN Security Council seeking a deferral in the International Criminal Court (ICC) case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces charges of crimes against humanity.

Both he and his deputy, William Ruto, deny charges of organising violence after the 2007 election.

While Mr Ruto went on trial in September, President Kenyatta has repeatedly requested his trial - due next month - be postponed.

Addressing the summit, Mr Kenyatta accused the court of bias and "race-hunting", AFP reports.

Comments (3)

What the AU is saying, making idiots of themselves in the process is: THOSE WHO DIEd IN KENYA DRILLING HOLES INTO THE HEARTS OF A SCHOCKED WORLD WERE ANIMALS! And of course those who died in Darfur and Uganda (under Amin) deserved to die because they were wasting precious air...Those who continue to die in the DRC where the UN has the largest peace mission are vermin..those killed by Gaddafi who he called rats deserved worse than he dished out.. Those murdered for diamonds by Charles Taylor were not fit to live amongst us..With a mother at the helm, where is the salvation for the African child going to come from? Bokassa in the Central African Republic who got his kicks from drinking children's blood and his twin evil clone Mabuto in Zaire was doing the same with relisth. Oh perhaps we should erect a statue of Joseph Kony who is being hunted down by a very angry world should be canonised (made into a saint) with his statue on the entrance of the AU in Addis? Of course we should name the soon to be built trans african highway from Cape to Cairo the Haile Mengistu Highway? Gbabo was doing his utmost best to ensure he held with blood soaked hands the hands of time to stop the clock..Is she saying not in as many words for you to be labelled a true African leader you must go and KILL as many of your people as you can? Is the AU saying true African heroes should follow the templates of these cannibalistic cabal..if it were so what then do we have to say about Nelson Mandela...villain, perhaps? We have had some truly blundering AU leaders there but Madam Zuma should bury her head in her skirts with shame.

gutter poet - 14 October 2013

Gutter poet, you are spot on in your communique, i salute your acute sentiments. This nonsensical malaise of deserved retribution by African leaders must stop and be stopped, the plutocratic lot of them live opulent cosy lives at the expense of the masses. To suggest the world continue to give blind eye and deaf ear to the engineered woes of the masses is deplorable indeed, this evil hegemonic siege of people's lives must be truncated through justice's pithy statement. No crime should go unpunished.

the scribe - 15 October 2013

Africa has a curse called failure of leadership. These dinosaurs are fond of holding useless summits where the majority of them just go on to dose. If thousands of innocent lives were lost and the evidence clearly shows that those in authority were collectively responsible why should they not face the music. Most of them have got into office through stepping over dead bodies. The continent will forever remain dark with these merciless people at the helm living lavish lives. God forbid.

tomasi tohwi - 15 October 2013

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