Slippery Al-Bashir gives ICC more headaches
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KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – CHAD’S failure to arrest Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir has culminated in tensions between Europe and yet another African country affiliated to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Al-Bashir (72), wanted by the ICC for alleged involvement in the genocide in Darfur where 300 000 people have been killed and 2 million displaced, was last week in Chad for the inauguration of President-elect Idriss Deby Itno.
The European Union (EU) regretted the decision by Chad to welcome Al-Bashir and failure to arrest him.
“The EU regrets that Chad, a State Party of the Court, did not fulfil its legal obligation this week, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1593, to execute the arrest warrant against Sudanese President Al-Bashir,” EU stated.
It is not the first time an African country has come under criticism for failure to arrest Al-Bashir.
In June 2015, Al-Bashir travelled to South Africa amid diplomatic and public outcry.
A domestic court issued an order that barred his movement, raising hopes of his arrest but he nevertheless left the country.
Al-Bashir faces two ICC arrest warrants, issued in 2009 and 2010 over on civilians, in violation of international law, as part of the Sudan government’s counterinsurgency policy in Darfur.
There have been threats from African signatories to the Rome Statute, a legislation establishing ICC, to pull out of the Hague court over concerns it was targeting African leaders for prosecution.
– CAJ News
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