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ICC Judge Refers Kenya Government to Body Overseeing Court for Non-Cooperation

Kenya failed to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta, the court ruled on Monday.

The court has now referred the country to the Assembly of State Parties for action on the basis of non-compliance.

A statement by the court said that “the Republic of Kenya had failed to comply with its obligations to cooperate with the ICC and referred the matter” to the court’s governing body.

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ICC judges Kuniko Ozaki, Robert Fremr and Geoffrey Henderson ruled that; “Trial Chamber V(B) concluded today that the Republic of Kenya has failed to comply with its statutory obligations to consult with the Court and to take all reasonable steps to execute a request for cooperation from the Court, including by not providing clear, relevant and timely responses or taking any meaningful steps to compel production of requested information.

“According to the Chamber, the non-cooperation has prevented the court from exercising its functions and powers under the Statute.”

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Written by Bello Olusayo

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