Kenya withdraw from ICJ case with Somalia
Kenya has withdrawn from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) maritime case against Somalia ahead of a hearing scheduled to take place on Monday. Kenya has cited the court's perceived bias and its unwillingness to delay the case - for a fourth time - due to the pandemic as the main reason for withdrawing from the legal proceedings. "Kenya wishes to inform the court, through the Registrar, that it shall not be participating in the hearings in the case herein, should the same proceed from March 15, 2021, as presently scheduled," the letter from Kenya's attorney general states." Kariuki said Kenya has expressed concerned over alleged bias, citing the participation of Judge Yusuf, a Somali national who until February this year was President of the Court. Somalia launched legal proceedings against Kenya at the international court based in The Hague in August 2014 after talks with Kenya failed to settle the dispute. The case has fuelled the diplomatic fallout between the two East African neighbours. The point of disagreement between Kenya and Somalia is the nature of the line of the maritime boundary. Somalia went to court in 2014 following what it termed as failure to settle the matter with her neighbour, Kenya bilaterally. The court verdict is final and not subject to appeal.