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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.

Kenyan president to return disputed media bill to parliament

By Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta plans to send back to parliament a media bill critics say would stunt democracy in an African nation with unusually broad press freedoms. Critics said Kenyatta may have acted out of concern to avoid a confrontation with Kenya's popular and vibrant media and any backlash from the country's aid donors abroad.

Africa presses for UN vote to suspend Kenya trial

The UN Security Council will vote Friday on an African call for the International Criminal Court trial of Kenyan leaders to be suspended for a year, diplomats said. Rwanda's UN envoy Eugene Richard Gasana told reporters after Security Council talks on the case that African states were pressing for a vote this week on their draft resolution.

U.N. Security Council to vote this week on delay of Kenya trials: Rwanda

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - As Africa urges the U.N. Security Council to take it more seriously, Rwanda plans to put to a vote this week a draft resolution to defer International Criminal Court trials of Kenya's leaders for one year, despite lacking sufficient support.

Kenyan president asks lawmakers to relook media bill

Kenya's president has asked parliament to relook a controversial media bill which sparked outrage among Kenyan press, the deputy president said Friday. The bill, which must be approved by President Uhuru Kenyatta to become law, would lead to huge fines against journalists and media organisations that violated a code of conduct. Kenyan media vocally opposed the bill after it was approved by lawmakers last month, with one newspaper headline reading "No Mr President!". Kenyatta subsequently promised to review the bill, promising not to "gag" journalists.

China backs African bid to suspend ICC Kenya case

China on Monday threw its weight behind an African bid to suspend an International Criminal Court crimes against humanity case against Kenya's president. It said the "dignity" of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto had to be respected by the UN Security Council and the ICC. African nations have circulated a draft Security Council resolution which would call for ICC charges against Kenyatta and Ruto to be deferred for one year. The campaign has already been backed by Russia, which like China is not an ICC member.

Kenyan president to review press law after outcry

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will review a press law passed by parliament that has sparked outrage among the media, his spokesman said Saturday, promising not to "gag" journalists. If passed into law the bill, which must first be approved by Kenyatta, would lead to huge fines against journalists and media organisations that violated a code of conduct. Kenyatta "will review (the) media bill to ensure it is consistent" with the constitution, and will "talk with stakeholders if changes (are) needed," spokesman Manoah Esipisu said in statement.
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