In response to the issuance of summons by the ICC for the "Kenya six" members of government have said that the government will fight both the admissibility and jurisdiction of the cases. However, members of the ODM party, who have supported an ICC intervention from the beginning, have said that neither they nor the Cabinet were consulted in the matter. According to Kenya's Secretary General until official process for determining government action has been abided by, the pronouncement that the government will challenge the ICC should be merely taken as a personal view of a handful of cabinet members. Members of the ODM party are reportedly taking steps to ensure that the six suspects will not have access to money for legal fees set aside from public funds because "It is wrong to assist the suspected perpetrators when the victims of the violence are still suffering." In the meantime the U.N. Security Council has confirmed receipt of Kenya's request to defer the investigation. Members of the U.N.S.C. and U.N. will now meet with Kenya to discuss the request. Earlier this week a Kenya High Court refused to order the government not to act on the summons issued by the ICC. Reportedly all six suspects have confirmed that they will abide by the summonses to appear before the Court. In the interim Prosecutor Ocampo has requested that Muthaura and Uhuru do not partake in their responsibilities relating to the police and Witness Protection Committee.
In other news the ICC has confirmed that two Sudanese rebel leaders will stand trial. No date has yet been set for the commencement of suspects Jerbo and Banda's trial. In the ongoing Bemba trial witnesses continue to provide testimony. Witness 29 recently testified that after being raped by three of Bemba's soldiers she contracted HIV. The Philippines is well on its way to ratifying the Rome Statute. The President has endorsed the ratification, which now must be approved by a 2/3 majority of the Senate to be complete. This move is well aligned with the ICC President's visit to the region last week. Ratification efforts are also well underway in Malaysia where the cabinet is in the process of approving membership to the Rome Statute. Photo: Kenya's Secretary General; Credit: Capital FM.