Kagame criticizes ICC for selective justice
16 October 2013, 06:39
Kigali - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) for being selective in its quest for international justice.
He voiced the criticism on Tuesday at a monthly presidential press conference at his office in Village Urugwiro in the capital Kigali.
"Our stand on ICC is not as a result of the Kenyan trials. Our stand was made 10 years ago, which is why we are not signatories," he said.
Thirty-four of Africa's 54 nations are signatories to the Rome Statute which established the ICC.
"If the ICC indeed is to be called an international justice, let it be seen to be trying people across the board. ICC sometimes considers justice issue that is national and makes it an international issue," Kagame told members of the media who posed a question regarding Rwanda's stand on the Hague-based court.
Gives legal solutions to political problems
"ICC tends to give legal solutions to political problems which completely mess up things," he said.
The Rwandan president pointed out that if the ICC was established for universal jurisdiction, then it should apply it equally across the globe.
Last week, African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and agreed to back immunity for any sitting African head of state from ICC trials.
They also asked Kenya to write to the UN Security Council seeking a deferral in the ICC case against President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces charges of crimes against humanity.
Both Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto deny the charges of organizing violence after the 2007 election.