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AU leaders seek to block Kenyatta trial

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ADDIS ABABA — African leaders agreed on Saturday that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta should not attend trial at the International Criminal Court if the UN Security Council did not agree to delay the proceedings, Ethiopia’s Foreign minister said.

Tedros Adhanom said that the African Union would request the trial be deferred under article 16 of the court’s Rome Statute that allows a delay of a year subject to renewal and would request a postponement if that demand was not agreed.

“If that is not met what the summit decided is that President Kenyatta should not appear until the request we have made is actually answered,” Tedros told journalists, explaining decisions of a meeting to discuss Africa’s relations with the court.

— Reuters

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