The African Union says it will support Kenya's request to delay International Criminal Court cases of six prominent Kenyans over their role in widespread violence three years ago after a disputed presidential poll.

African leaders made the decision Monday. They said the AU will send Kenya's request to the U.N. Security Council. Under international law, only the Security Council can request a 12-month deferral of an ICC case.

In December the ICC prosecutor asked the court to charge, among others, a deputy prime minister and the Cabinet secretary with crimes against humanity.

The Kenyan president's camp says the country's judiciary can handle the cases once far-reaching reforms are implemented. The prime minister's camp disagrees.