President Uhuru Kenyatta's comments putting Kenya into trouble
19 April 2016, 09:12
Nairobi - The International Criminal Court (ICC) 'ghost' will seemingly continue to haunt Kenya even after the collapse of the cases facing six of its citizens.
The highest court in the world is now threatening to impose sanctions on the country if it does not extradite three Kenyans to the Hague to answer to charges of interfering with witnesses.
During a thanksgiving ceremony for six Kenyans who had been indicted by the Hague based court last Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta who was among the victims announced that no one from the country will be taken to the foreign court.
“I will not allow any other Kenyan to be tried in a foreign court and humiliated like us. As a country, we have closed the ICC chapter,” President Kenyatta told the crowd at the thanksgiving rally in Nakuru.
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ICC however, in a quick rebuttal, Monday warned that the statement by the Head of State may earn the country sanctions internationally.
ICC Spokesman, Fadi El Abdallah explained that if Kenya does not cooperate, it stands a risk of being declared a pariah state and it will be sanctioned at the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) for non-cooperation.
“In case of non-cooperation, the legal procedure before the ICC is for the Judges to make a finding of non-compliance and to refer it to the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute for the Assembly to take any measure it deems appropriate,” said Abdallah.
ICC has issued an arrest warrant against three Kenyans; Walter Osapiri Barasa, Paul Gicheru and Phillip Koech Bett.
The three are accused of bribing ICC prosecution witnesses in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang that were recently terminated.
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