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Kenya seeks delay in trials of president and VP

Kenya asks UN Security Council to delay International Criminal Court trials of president, VP

Kenya seeks delay in trials of president and VP

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Kenya is asking the U.N. Security Council to delay the International Criminal Court trials of its president and vice-president for crimes against humanity for a year.

Kenya's U.N. Ambassador Macharia Kamau said in a letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press that the council should take into account threats to peace or an act of aggression "likely to transpire in light of the prevailing and continuing terrorist threat existing in the Horn of and eastern Africa."

Kenyan opposition to the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto have gained traction since last month's deadly terror attack on a Nairobi shopping mall, which underscored the country's importance in the war on terror in eastern Africa.

Kenyatta and Ruto face charges stemming from violence after Kenya's 2007 elections.


Updated : 2021-07-28 03:38 GMT+08:00