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Kenya votes to leave International Criminal Court

Kenya votes to leave International Criminal Court
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An emergency debate in the Kenyan parliament has resulted in a vote to leave the International Criminal Court.

It comes just before the start of the trials of Kenya’s president and vice president at The Hague for crimes against humanity.

Kenya’s parliament is expected to present a bill to make the withdrawal law in the next 30 days.

The opposition boycotted the vote, which will have no effect on the ongoing trial. Both President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President
William Ruto have pledged to co-operate with the court.

It is the first ever ICC trail of a sitting president, and the stiffest challenge yet for a body that has been criticised for bias in Africa for only ever prosecuting Africans.

Kenyatta’s peaceful election in March helped erode once-strong support for the court in Kenya.

It had opened the process against the politicians after violence following the 2007 elections.

The court will rule if the two men, along with a radio DJ incited or orchestrating violence which cost around 1,200 lives in a bout of ethnic blood-letting.