Kenya asks for postponement of ICC process

Kenya is requesting that the Security Council ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to postpone investigations and prosecutions relating to the violence that followed the December 2007 elections in the country.

Macharia Kamau

The request comes as three influential Kenyans, including Deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta, made their first appearance before the ICC in The Hague.

The initial hearing for the three Kenyans was to verify their identities and to hear charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, forcible transfer and persecution.

Kenya’s United Nations Ambassador Macharia Kamau explains why his government is asking for the postponement of the process.

“The reason is quite simple. Next year Kenya has a presidential election and already the campaigns have started. It is the determination of the Government that this is probably not the opportune time for the ICC process to be playing itself out in Kenya. At this point what we need in the country is stability and peace, and we are very concerned that the ICC process has already created a political and social tension that we think do not augur well for the process that is playing out in Kenya in the context of presidential election.”

On Thursday, three more Kenyans- two suspended ministers and a radio journalist – made their first appearance before the ICC in The Hague.

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