African Union urges International Criminal Court to drop cases against leaders
|The current presidents of Kenya and Sudan both face ICC trials. [Photo: Courtesy]|
SEE ALSO :300 tycoons probed over Sh10b land grabBoth Kenyan leaders deny charges of organising violence after the 2007 election. The ICC issued a warrant in 2009 for Mr Bashir over alleged war crimes in the Darfur region, but he has not yet been arrested. The ICC relies on the authorities of national governments to hand over suspects, but Mr Bashir has avoided arrest despite travelling to countries that have signed up to the ICC statute. Mr Tedros, who is the current chairman of the AU's Executive Council, said the ICC was "condescending" towards the continent. "The court has transformed itself into a political instrument targeting Africa and Africans. This unfair and unjust treatment is totally unacceptable," he said.
SEE ALSO :Mount Kenya’s man-made paradiseHe said that the ICC had failed to respond to the African Union's previous complaints and said the issue should be referred to the UN Security Council. Thirty-four of the AU's 54 members have signed up to the ICC. Kenya's parliament has already passed a motion for the country to withdraw. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that withdrawing from the court would be a "badge of shame". Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has also voiced his support for the ICC.
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