Friday, November 15, 2013
U.N. Security Council Denies Request for Delay International Criminal Court Prosecution of Crimes During Election in Kenya
The United Nations Security Council today rejected a proposal for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to delay trials of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. The proposed resolution failed to pass when only seven of the Council’s 15 members voted in favor of the resolution on the postponement of the trials while eight others abstained.
Security Council resolutions need nine votes in favour and no vetoes by any of the five permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – to be approved.
Today’s text would have requested the ICC, which is based in The Hague, to delay for one year the trials of Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto, who are accused of crimes against humanity and other offences allegedly committed following general elections in late 2007. More than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced in the violence that followed those polls.
Backers of the draft resolution reportedly sought the deferral so that Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto can deal with the aftermath of the terrorist attack in September at a mall in Nairobi that left over 60 people dead.
(UN Press Release)