Amb. AMINA MOHAMMED lauds AU/ASP for helping UHURU/ RUTO skip their trials to perform their State duties
Friday November 29, 2013 – Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, has lauded the African Union and Assembly State Parties (ASP) for their support in amending the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto.
Speaking yesterday, Amina noted that the move by ASP to excuse Uhuru/ Ruto from being present in court during the hearing of their cases is a step in the right direction and a clear indication that the cases could still be terminated.
The Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary also expressed happiness over the new rule on evidence, which allows recorded testimony of absent witnesses to be admissible in court, saying that they will never apply to the Uhuru/ Ruto’s cases as per the amendment and that calls for a celebration.
She said the fundamental change in how ICC operates that had been achieved was a big victory for Kenya.
“Kenya recorded a big win on the way ICC will be operating and I thank all those who stood with us”, said Amina.