ICJ postpones Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute to November
Sept. 06, 2019
The International Court of Justice has held off the hearing of the maritime dispute case between Kenya and Somalia for two months.
This follows a request by Kenya to the court asking for more time citing the need to recruit a new defence team.
The hearings that were scheduled for next week will now be held between November 4 and 8 though Kenya had sought a 12-month postponement.
"The court expressed its deep regret regarding this last-minute request which has caused an undue effect on the administration of the judicial work of the court. In light of the circumstance and the possible alternative dates in its judicial calendar, the court decided to grant a postponement of the oral proceedings in the case and reschedule the hearing to the week beginning Monday, November 4, 2019," the court wrote to Attorney General Paul Kihara.
The letter dated September 5 also said that ICJ said that the decision was reached after considering Kenyan's application which was made on September 3 that the hearing be postponed.
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