6 Sep 2013

Kenya to withdraw from International Criminal Court

8:06 am on 6 September 2013

Members of Parliament in Kenya have voted in favour of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court in protest over forthcoming trials of the country's president and deputy leader for crimes against humanity.

President, Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are due to face the court in The Hague over post-election violence in 2007.

Mr Ruto's trial is due to start next week and Mr Kenyatta is due to face trial in November.

The ABC reports the vote paves the way for Kenya to become the first country to cancel its membership of the ICC.

The court says the trials will continue regardless.