Kenya allows Int'l Criminal Court to open office

September 3, 2010 13:48

NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya has allowed the International Criminal Court to open an office in the country on Friday.

Kenya granted the ICC immunity from legal challenges and tax exemptions in a letter signed Friday by the foreign minister.

The court's prosecutor is investigating top Kenyan leaders and business people for their roles in political violence that killed more than 1,000 people in 2007-08.

The move comes only a week after Kenya hosted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity at the ICC.

Kenya did not arrest al-Bashir, arguing such a move would destabilize Sudan. His visit raised doubts about Kenya's willingness to hand over suspects expected to soon be charged by the ICC.

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