The Kenyan parliament was recalled Tuesday (September 3rd) to debate ending its membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) ahead of the crimes against humanity trial of Deputy President William Ruto starting at The Hague next week, AFP reported.
Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso issued the order for the "special sitting of the assembly", with parliament to meet on Thursday.
However, should Kenya choose to leave the ICC -- the first country potentially to do so -- it would not affect upcoming trials since legal proceedings have already started. A formal request for withdrawal would also need to be submitted, a process that could take several months.
Lawmakers are expected to debate and vote on a possible departure from the Rome Statute of the ICC, following a request from the senate's majority leader Kithure Kindiki.
"Any law in this country or internationally like the Rome Statute can be repealed and can be amended," said Asman Kamama, one of at least 30 lawmakers supporting Kindiki's petition. "It is not cast in stone and we want to be the trail blazers in the continent."
Ruto's trial comes two months ahead of that of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces five charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution, deportation and other inhumane acts.
Both Kenyatta and Ruto have said they will co-operate fully with the court. They deny the charges against them.