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ICC Rejects Kenyans’ Request to Appeal Trial Decision

The ICC rejected requests by four Kenyans standing trial (including two presidential candidates!) to appeal the decision to try them. Kenyatta’s defense argued that the witness statements used to send them trial were “irrational, unfair, and unreasonable.” 

Anyone have any thoughts on how or if this will effect the presidential election?

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3 responses to “ICC Rejects Kenyans’ Request to Appeal Trial Decision

  1. brianumass March 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I think naturally both men will do what any politician would do, spin it in a positive light for the campaign. But considering both presidential candidates have been indicted there is a possibility to hear them echo complaints of the African Union against the ICC (http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/-African-Union-Says-ICC-Prosecutions-Are-Discriminatory-125012734.html).

    The link above is focused primarily on Libya, but the discontent of the African Union with only African indictments could absolutely be reiterated on the campaign trial. The rhetoric that the international community is against Kenya would do very little to strengthen the already shaken support for the ICC in Africa. This upcoming election could be used as a platform to discredit the ICC which 1) echos the African Union’s discontent and 2). appeals to the on-trial candidates’ claims that the trials are “irrational, unfair, and unreasonable.”

  2. Alana Tiemessen March 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I think Brian is right in that these are high profile Kenyan politicians, with considerable public support, and in that position they have power to discredit the ICC (unlike, say, more notorious warlords without a political constituency).

    I’m curious to see if they will continue to voluntarily cooperate with the ICC. If their rhetoric whips up ethnic violence or if they become uncooperative the ICC may issue arrest warrants.

  3. kmumass March 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I really think this will further take away their legitimacy as well as make it much harder to campaign, which is definately a blessing. The country needs a different kind of leader. But yes these men are politicians and therefore they will spin it and try and demonize the ICC to their followers and this will for sure further the AU’s issues with the ICC.

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