Could The Drafting of The Rome Statute of the ICC Have Avoided Kenyan Crisis?


201391044753647734_20Justice Julia Sebutinde, a Judge at the International Court of Justice in the Hague is reported to have urged the ICC to “listen” to it’s members in Africa. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is quoted to have urged the ICC to compromise with Kenyan leaders by allowing the trials to go ahead without their personal presence in the court.

Meanwhile, the African Union (AU) is turning up diplomatic heat against the court. The heads of state meet this week not to promote accountability of heinous crimes against humanity but to seek to “avoid” the trial of the accused before the International Criminal Court (ICC) which was formed in 2002.

It is no secret that African leaders have phobia for institutions which seek to promote genuine accountability.

Apparently, compounded by the Westgate mall attack, it is also starting to look more likely that one of the accused, President Uhuru Kenyatta will opt to…

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