ROAD TO LEAV­ING ICC

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

In 2013, af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion, lead­ers said Kenya should with­draw from the ICC, even as Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta, DP Wil­liam Ruto and oth­ers faced charges on crimes against hu­man­ity at the court. On Septem­ber 5, 2013, MPs voted for Kenya to with­draw from the Rome Statue, ef­fec­tively with­draw­ing from the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court. In the same month, ICC Spokesper­son Fadi El Ab­dal­lah said Kenya is free to with­draw from the ICC, as mem­ber­ship is vol­un­tary, but the cases against Uhuru and Ruto would be heard to con­clu­sion. Uhuru’s case was dis­missed in March 2015 and Ruto’s in April 2016. Since 2013, Kenya has been seek­ing re­forms at the ICC in ex­change for shelv­ing its threat to with­draw. It has called for amend­ments to grant sit­ting heads of state im­mu­nity from prose­cu­tion. In the last few months, Botswana, South Africa, Gam­bia, Rus­sia and the Philip­pines have said they will with­draw from the court.

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