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The summit demanded immunity for serving heads of state and governments 

 

In a two day extraordinary session of the African heads of states and governments held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 11 -12 of Oct. to discuss the continent’s relation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) African leaders have passed a resolution against mass withdrawal, as was largely rumored, but adopted series of stern demands including a demand for a no trial by the ICC of any serving African head of state and government, and a request to the UN Security Council of deferral of the trial of Kenyan officials by the ICC.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in his closing remarks that the leaders of Africa have “adopted our decision speaking with one voice and sending a strong political message on Africa’s relationship with the ICC.”

Accordingly, the extraordinary summit agreed that “no charges shall be commenced or continued before any international court or tribunal against any serving Head of States of Government or anybody acting or entitled to act inn such capacity during his/her term of office.”