EU concern at Uganda’s failure to nab al-Bashir
By GERALD BUSINGE in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE European Union (EU) has expressed regret at the failure by Uganda to arrest Sudan President Omar al-Bashir during his recent visit to the East African country.
The controversial head of state was in Uganda for the inauguration of Yoweri Museveneni for a fifth term.
Al-Bashir’s presence was a source of discontent among Western diplomats in Kampala this past weekend.
EU said Uganda had to arrest the Sudanese leader who the International Criminal Court (ICC) wants to stand trial for alleged war crimes in Darfur.
“In accordance with established approach of the EU and its Member States, the EU regrets that Uganda, a State Party of the Court, did not fulfil this week its legal obligation, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1593, to execute the arrest warrant against any ICC indictee present in the country,” said an EU spokesperson.
In 2008, the Chief Prosecutor of the (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, alleged that al-Bashir bore individual criminal responsibility for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed since 2003 in Darfur.
The prosecutor accused al-Bashir of having masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy the three main ethnic groups-Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa- with a campaign of murder, rape and deportation.
Over 300 000 people have been killed since 2003 during the fighting in Darfur.
– CAJ News
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