Top Kenyan team in London for ICC talks

A high powered Kenyan delegation led by Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo is currently holding talks in London with British Foreign and Defence secretaries.

According to sources familiar with the meeting issues for discussion include ICC case facing deputy president William Ruto, new defence pact and impending visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron early next year.

The meeting comes ahead of the 14th Session of the Assembly of States Parties which is due to kick off on Wednesday at The Hague.

Kenya has been lobbying for the case against Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang dropped. The African Union Justice Ministers and Attorneys General had last week rejected the use of recanted evidence in the International Criminal Court (ICC) case against Deputy President William Ruto.

They argue the use if the evidence runs contrary to the agreement reached during talks on Rule 68 at the 12th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) in 2013.


They have vowed to back Kenya during the 14th Assembly of States Parties session later this month to review the amended Rule 68.

“We, the Ministers of Justice and the Attorneys General of the African Union Member States are convinced that the use by the ICC Prosecutor of witness recanted evidence under the amended Rule 68 of the Rome Statute is contrary to both the understanding reached by States Parties during the negotiations of the Rule at the 12th Assembly of States Parties in 2013 and to the principle of non-retroactivity in criminal law justice and constitutes a serious affront to the universally accepted right to fair trial,” they said in a statement.

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