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  Kenya Considers Leaving International Criminal Court
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Sep 03, 2013 05:41pm
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AuthorNicholas Kulish
MediaNewspaper - New York Times
News DateTuesday, September 3, 2013 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Parliament will meet on Thursday to vote on whether to pull out of the International Criminal Court.

The extraordinary legislative session was called a week before Deputy President William Ruto is scheduled to be tried by the court, in The Hague, on a charge of crimes against humanity. The accusations against him stem from the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 election, when at least 1,100 people were killed.

The case is viewed as a bellwether for the highly anticipated trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the same charge, which is scheduled to begin in November.

Both men deny the charges.

The two were ordered in January to stand trial, but they still won election in March.

Kenya would be the first country that signed the Rome Statute, which created the court in 2002, to withdraw from it. According to the statute, a withdrawal would have no impact on cases that have already begun, said Fadi El Abdallah, a spokesman for the court.
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