Thursday, October 17, 2013

Court declines to stop Uhuru from attending ICC trial

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses delegates during the opening of women, youth and people with disability expo at the KICC Nairobi on October 16, 2013. PHOTO/ANNE KAMONI

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses delegates during the opening of women, youth and people with disability expo at the KICC Nairobi on October 16, 2013. PHOTO/ANNE KAMONI 

By PAUL OGEMBA
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The High Court has dismissed an application seeking to stop President Uhuru Kenyatta from attending trials at the International Criminal Court.

Justice Mumbi Ngugi sitting in Nairobi ruled that the danger of a power vacuum as stated in the suit, has not been proved.

The judge gave the ruling in a case filed by two activists who sought to block President Kenyatta from attending his trial, saying that doing so would violate Kenya’s sovereignty.

Mr Ken Bartai and Mr Felix Kiprono were seeking a court declaration that the International Crimes Act is unconstitutional and that further cooperation between Kenya and ICC would be a breach of the Constitution.

According to the two, their right to representation will be greatly affected if President Kenyatta attends trials at The Hague. They also submitted that the country’s sovereignty will be at stake.

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