EACJ to handle international criminal cases

The East Africa Legislative assembly during its 4th Meeting of the 5th Session held in Nairobi, Kenya on the 26th April 2012 resolved that the East African Community Council of Ministers immediately embarks on the process of requesting the transfer of proceedings for the accused four suspects in the respect to the 2007 Kenyan post election violence from the International Criminal Court and instituting them in the East African Court of Justice on the basis that the acts complained of are contraventions of the East African Community Treaty.

The East Africa Law Society calls on the East African Legislative Assembly, The East African Community Heads of States Summit, and the East African Community Council of Ministers not to pursue the transfer of these cases from the International Criminal Court, unless and until the East African Court of Justice is fully seized of the envisaged jurisdiction, capacity and competence to adjudicate international criminal cases as shall be certified by the International Criminal Court.

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