Kenyan Lawmakers Approve Motion to Withdraw From ICC, Daily Nation Reports

Kenyan lawmakers passed a motion yesterday urging the East African nation to withdraw from the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court, the Daily Nation reported, citing parliamentary proceedings.

The non-binding motion said the six people named by ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo as being responsible for crimes during post-election violence in 2008 should be tried in Kenya, the Nairobi-based newspaper said.

Only one lawmaker at the parliamentary session, former Justice Minister Martha Karua, voted against the motion, the Daily Nation said.

Ocampo on Dec. 15 requested that charges of crimes against humanity be filed against Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, and lawmaker William Ruto. Industrialization Minister Henry Kosgey, Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura, former police chief Mohammed Hussein Ali and Joshua Arap Sang, a radio presenter, were also identified as suspects.

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