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Kenya warns ICC trials could threaten regional security

Kenya argued on Thursday that putting its top two leaders on trial before the International Criminal Court could compromise security in the often volatile east African region. The indictments for crimes against humanity against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto "create particular problems in the context of regional peace and security," Kenya's attorney-general Githu Muigai said.

Kenya warns of ICC threat to Eastern Africa's stability

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Kenya said the International Criminal Court's case against its two highest elected officials risked destabilizing the entire east African region at a meeting of the court's member states on Thursday. At a debate to discuss the crisis resulting from the court's cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, the Kenyan attorney-general said the court and its member states were playing "Russian roulette" with the country.

Kenya to demand change to ICC rules over president's case

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Kenya will demand change at the International Criminal Court on Thursday to try to ensure its president does not face charges of crimes against humanity in the aftermath of an election in 2007 when 1,200 were killed. Kenya, which has tried to halt the cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, will press a meeting of the ICC's 122 members for an immediate change in the rules to say that heads of state do not have to attend trials.

Kenyan press, activists say democracy under threat

Kenya's vibrant media and outspoken activists are up in arms over two recent parliamentary bills they say will curb hard-won freedoms, muzzle government critics and undermine democracy. Last month, MPs pushed through a hugely controversial bill that could see journalists and outlets policed by a special quasi-government body and slapped with huge fines and potentially even forced out of business if they violate a code of conduct.

Prosecutor wants to stop Kenyan VP discussing case at ICC meet

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday sought to prevent Kenya's vice president from discussing his crimes against humanity case at a meeting of ICC member states. The annual meeting is turning into a forum for African leaders to vent their frustration with the world's only permanent court for crimes against humanity and war crimes, which they have accused of racism.

Prosecutor wants gag on Kenya's Ruto discussing case at ICC meet

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Wednesday sought a gag order against Kenya Vice President William Ruto discussing his case at a meeting of court member states, the latest battleground for African leaders accusing the court of racism. The annual meeting of the ICC's Assembly of States Parties (ASP) in The Hague began on Wednesday and is turning into a forum for African leaders to vent their frustration with the world's only permanent court for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Africa fails to get Kenya ICC trials deferred at United Nations

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An African bid to postpone the International Criminal Court trials of Kenya's president and his deputy failed at the United Nations on Friday, which Kenya called a humiliation for Africa. The African Union had requested that the U.N. Security Council defer the cases against Uhuru Kenyatta and his number two, William Ruto, for one year to allow them to deal with the aftermath of an attack by al Qaeda-linked Somali militants.

UN Council rejects Africa challenge to Kenya ICC trial

The UN Security Council on Friday rejected an African demand to suspend the International Criminal Court trial of Kenya's president and vice president for one year. A resolution proposed by African states calling for the deferral was the biggest challenge yet to the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto who are accused of fomenting political unrest. But the resolution got only seven votes, two below the number needed to pass in the 15-member body.

African Union 'disappointed' over rejection of ICC delay

The African Union said Friday it was "disappointed" at the UN Security Council's rejection of its demand that the International Criminal Court trials of Kenya's president and vice president be delayed. "Well of course we are disappointed," Erastus Mwencha, deputy head of the AU Commission, told AFP in Addis Ababa, where the AU is headquartered. "I think at this stage we will have to reflect on it and then find a way forward," he added.

UN Council rejects Africa challenge to Kenya ICC trial

The UN Security Council on Friday rejected an African demand to suspend the International Criminal Court trial of Kenya's president and vice president for one year. The African states' call for the deferral was the biggest challenge yet to the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto who are accused of fomenting deadly political unrest. But the resolution got only seven votes, two below the number needed to pass in the 15-member body.
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