Kenya has been granted more time to set up a tribunal for those behind post-election violent to prevent the case going to the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), the prime minister has said. Parliament failed last week to agree on the creation of local court to deal with perpetrators of the worst bloodshed in post-independence history that killed at least 1,300 people and uprooted more than 300,000 at the start of 2008.

Crisis mediator and former UN boss Kofi Annan is supposed to hand over to the ICC a sealed envelope with the name of 10 senior politicians and businessmen suspected of causing the violent  clashes if a local option is not found by march 1.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga said, however, that Annan had indicated to him he was prepared to wait until Kenya had exhausted options to set up its own tribunal. “Annan had expressed willingness to delay the handing over the names in the envelope to The Hague until Kenya has completely failed to handle the matter locally,” he said.

“That window may remain open for at most two months, by which the government hopes to have convinced enough MPs to support a local tribunal” he added late Tuesday.



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