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Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta confirms he will attend ICC hearing in The Hague


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Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta confirms he will attend ICC hearing in The Hague

Kenya’s president says he will appear at the International Criminal Court this week, becoming the first sitting world leader to do so.

But in a speech to parliament, Uhuru Kenyatta echoed complaints heard across the continent that the court is biased and focuses on pursuing
Africans.

He stressed he would be going to the Hague-based tribunal in a personal capacity, having previously attended hearings there before taking office.

The son of his country’s founder, Kenyatta faces charges of orchestrating ethnic killings after Kenya’s contested election in 2007.

During his absence, his deputy William Ruto will be acting president although he too faces charges at the Hague over the period of violence, in which he was on the opposite side to Kenyatta.

Both men deny any wrongdoing.

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