ICC Case: South Africa wants Kenyan President, others tried at home

kenyaSouth Africa has said it supports the trial at home of Kenya’s ICC suspects over the 2007-2008 post-election violence in the East African nation against the background of the standoff between Kenya and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said in a statement in Pretoria that his country backs the AU position “which says if there is domestic capabilities to try them domestically, then that should be the course of action”.

Ebrahim said the AU decided that Kenya has primary jurisdiction on the case “and our position will be informed by the approach adopted by the Kenyan authorities and the accused”.

Kenyan lawmakers on Thursday passed a motion for the country to pull out of the ICC, court, days before the trial of the first two of the four indicted suspects was billed to start at The Hague.

Parliament must now vote on a bill within 30 days to formalise steps for the actual withdrawal.

The ICC Pre-Trial Chamber has confirmed the charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Vice President William Ruto, Joshua Sang and Francis Muthaura, all of whom will face trial.

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