The African Union’s Executive Council condemned the International Criminal Court’s charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya as “totally unacceptable”, Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
Mr. Kenyatta faces crimes against humanity charges for Kenya’s 2007-2008 postelection violence in which more than 1,000 people died.
The African Union council feels the Mr. Kenyatta’s trial will hinder Kenya’s fight against terrorism, said Dina Mufti. The AU’s council proposed that Africans should deal with cases of genocide through an AU-backed court, and should not be forced to resort to the ICC in The Hague.
These points will be presented to African Heads of State attending a special summit on Saturday to discuss Africa’s relationship with the ICC.
Some African leaders have indicated their countries may sever ties with the ICC in solidarity with Kenya. Some African leaders accuse the ICC of disproportionately targeting Africans. The international court has indicted only Africans so far.