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Sudan lobbies African members to quit ICC


<p>Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta is in Sudan for a two-day official visit in order to bolster bilateral ties.</p> <p>Kenyatta began the visit on Saturday at the invitation of President Omar al-Bashir.</p> <p>This visit comes days after Sudan issued a call to all African countries to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (<span class="caps">ICC</span>). </p> <p>Sudan’s foreign minister Kamal Ismail said, “Kenya is a member of the African Union, which has taken a collective decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. It’s a question related to Kenya. The question of when Kenya will decide to withdraw is a decision that is up to Kenya.”</p> <p>Sudan has long lobbied African members to quit the Hague-based court which it accuses of being discriminatory against African leaders. Its president is wanted by the court for war crimes.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">ICC</span> has however faced increasing challenges in pursuing prosecutions.</p> <p>Since coming into force in 2002, the court has struggled to apprehend high-profile leaders like Bashir.</p> <p>Already three African countries, Burundi, South Africa and the Gambia have declared their intentions to withdraw.</p> <p>Kenya is yet to begin the formal procedure to pull out of the <span class="caps">ICC</span>, despite all cases against six Kenyans including Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto being dismissed by the court.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>
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