Kenya won’t quit in­ter­na­tional court

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

BRUSSELS: Kenya backed down from its threat to quit the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court (ICC), say­ing fel­low mem­ber states had given it the as­sur­ances it wanted over the trial of its vice-pres­i­dent, but warned that any ad­verse rul­ing could change its view.

Vice-Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto is fac­ing charges of crimes against hu­man­ity in­clud­ing mur­der, de­por­ta­tion and per­se­cu­tion linked to an out­burst of eth­nic killings af­ter the 2007 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Kenya said mem­ber states at the court’s gen­eral as­sem­bly in The Hague had clar­i­fied that a new rule al­low­ing the court to use tes­ti­mony from wit­nesses who had since de­cided to with­draw could not be ap­plied retroac­tively to cases like Ruto’s.

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