Uhuru Kenyatta defends Kenya’s cooperation with ICC Uhuru Kenyatta
Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya has cooperated fully with the International Criminal Court and it should deliver justice without causing more problems, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

President Kenyatta yesterday assured the visiting president of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the ICC Sidiki Kaba that Kenya would continue to cooperate because it believes in the rule of law and international justiace.

The President said it was the reason he and Deputy President William Ruto voluntarily submitted to the court when they were required to face charges of that stemmed from 2007/2008 post-election violence.

“If Kenya believed in impunity, it would not have submitted to the courts as it did. We have equally all along cooperated with the court because we are committed to justice at all levels,” he said.

The meeting took place on the backdrop of a scheduling order by the ICC Appeals Chamber to render its decision on Kenya’s cooperation with the court on August 19.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda appealed the Trial Chamber decision that turned down her request to refer Kenya to the ASP for sanctions on grounds of reneging on its obligations to the Rome Statute.

Ms Bensouda submitted that the government’s reluctance to fully cooperate with the ICC led to the termination of the proceedings in which Mr Kenyatta who had been charged with crimes against humanity.

She has accused the government of failing to implement orders to give her details on President Kenyatta’s assets.

In addition, the Africa Centre for Open Governance (Africog), in an amicus curiae submission, had stated that the government failed to facilitate the ICC prosecutor to obtain statements from senior police officers who were in the areas most hit by the violence. — Daily Nation.

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