Maritime case to proceed, ICJ rules, objects Kenya’s application
The International Court of Justice has maintained the maritime case between Somalia and Kenya will continue next month dismissing Nairobi’s prayers for a further delay.
In a letter dated February 12 addressed to the Federal Government, the UN said the case will commence on March 15 as earlier set.
The proceedings will be in hybrid format meaning part of it will involve in-person appearance of the legal teams and through video conferencing.
Kenya had on January 28 applied for a third delay of the case citing the COVID19 pandemic, absence of a ‘substantive government’ in Somalia and ‘mysterious disappearance’ of a map it intended to use in its defense.
Information Minister Osman Dube said this week Somalia had written to the UN court objecting a further delay of the case. Kenya has since made three applications seeking the postponement of the case.