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    Kenya UN ambassador seeks dismissal of ICC charges against president

    Kenyas ambassador to the UN, Macharia Kamau, has sent a letter to the UN Security Council asking that the International Criminal Court (ICC) charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto be dismissed, accusing the ICC of lack of impartiality, threatening regional security and violating Kenyans wishes.

    In a letter dated May 2, Kamau specifically requested  that the US, China, Russia and India use their influence among the 15-member Security Council to have the charges thrown out. Under the ICC's current structure, the Security Council may defer a case for up to 12 months, but does not have the power to order a dismissal. Kenyatta and his deputy president Ruto are facing ICC charges of crimes against humanity for their alleged involvement in violence following the 2007 election where allegations of fraud  led to more than a thousand deaths in ethnic clashes following the election.

    In April Kenyatta was sworn in as the country's fourth president following an appeal in March by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga attempting to invalidate the election results. Later in March Kenya's Supreme Court ruled that the results were valid. Prior to the Supreme Court's decision Kenyatta's lawyer asked the ICC to drop the charges against him for lack of evidence, but the prosecution refused. Kenyatta's request was based on the ICC's withdrawal of charges against co-defendant Francis Muthaura for lack of evidence. Kenyatta's lawyers claimed the evidence against Muthaura and Kenyatta was the same, but the prosecution disagreed. Kenyatta's trial was previously postponed, and it will begin on July 9.

     

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