`No Kenyatta case discussion in UNSC`

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 09:19

Nairobi: UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has said the Security Council will not discuss Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta`s request for deferring his trial on crimes against humanity.

"There is the need to balance international criminal justice and face the reality that the leadership has a responsibility to lead in the fight against the threat of terrorism," reported Xinhua citing Eliasson, who held a weekend meeting with President Kenyatta Monday.

The African Union (AU) has dispatched a delegation to the UN to present its view that no trial should commence against President Kenyatta until his request to defer the trial is heard and a decision made to allow the Kenyan leadership deal with threats.

"I cannot pronounce myself on the possibility of a UN Security Council decision. This is up to the Security Council to pronounce itself," Eliasson said.

Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and a radio broadcaster Joshua arap Sang face crimes against humanity at the Hague-based ICC, which holds them responsible for the 2007-2008 post-election violence in which over 1,000 people were killed.

First Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 09:19
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