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ICC Prosecutor Renews Call For Al Bashir Arrest



The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has called for arrest and handing over  of Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir over alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Bensouda  made the call at a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan, according to a statement obtained in New York.

The ICC prosecutor particularly slammed South Africa and Jordan for failing to arrest Al Bashir over crimes committed in the Darfur region of Sudan when he travelled to the countries.

She said a pre-trial chamber of the Court plans to decide whether South Africa acted in non-compliance with the Statute when it failed to arrest and surrender Al Bashir in June 2015.

Most recently, Al Bashir travelled to Jordan on March 29, 2017, but Jordan declined to arrest and surrender him.

“Inviting, facilitating or supporting the international travel of any person subject to an ICC arrest warrant is inconsistent with a commitment to international criminal justice.

“It is also an affront to the victims in the Darfur situation,” she said.

Bensouda noted that to date, the Court had made 13 decisions on non-compliance and referred them to the Security Council.

The ICC prosecutor, however, regretted that “yet not one has been acted upon by this Council.

“By failing to act in response to such Court decisions, this Council is in essence relinquishing and undermining its clear role on such matters”.

The prosecutor said there had been alleged cases of non-compliance by the parties to the treaty.

“Not one of the suspects for whom warrants have been issued has been arrested and transferred to the International Criminal Court.

“To those who continue to long for justice in Darfur; do not despair and do not abandon hope,” she told victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and their families,” Bensouda told Council.

She recalled that the international tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia were reminders that persistence and determination could result in the arrest and surrender of suspects many years after the issuance of arrest warrants.

The ICC was established by the treaty known as the Rome Statute adopted at an international conference in Rome on July 17, 1998 and it entered into force on July 1, 2002.

“The States that form this Council have the power, independently and collectively, to positively influence and incentivize States, whether or not parties to the Rome Statute.

“To assist in the efforts to arrest and surrender the Darfur suspects,” she said, adding that regional organizations can do the same.

In 2005, the Council asked the Hague-based Court to investigate war crimes in Darfur.

ICC judges issued arrest warrants in 2009 for Mr. Al-Bashir and other top officials for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the western Darfur region.

No fewer than 300,000 people were reported to have died and millions displaced in Darfur since civil war erupted in 2003 between the government and rebels. (NAN)

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  1. africaeatery

    June 10, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Africa leaders are intelletually weak. They still cannot understand the reason why the court was setup in the first place. Fools..

    • Pedro Rabaçal

      June 12, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Yeah, let the racist omar al bashit kill all black people he wants. Everything but western-christian-zionist capitalism.

      • ericj343

        June 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm

        Well, those who have eyes,head and common sense will see that it is the western world and their leaders are the ones funding terrorism that is destroying other countries and none of these crooks will ever face the ICC. Every war/crisis/protest is orchestrated from the west. Only brain dead people will disagree with this fact!

        Many of these warmonger western leaders are not even a signatory to the icc

        • Pedro Rabaçal

          June 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm

          Well, those who have brains and know how to think, know how your master is just a genocidal warmonger.
          Trying to dodge al bashit´s atrocities to the usual hatred against West is just a mediocre attempt who never works with intelligent people.

          Keep your racist hatred: it didnt stop black people to get their freedom from arab islamist oppression. Racism and fascist are outdated: that´s why Omar al bashit only has losers as sympathizers.

          • ericj343

            June 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

            Obviously you are brain dead. How did terrorism started? Who is aiding terrorism? Who has aided dictators? How many western leader s have been indicted?

            I can see that you are just another low thinking prat and losers who does not have critical thinking skills. You sit in front of your TV and get brainwashed by the mainstream media.Oh , perhaps a european hypocrite!!

          • Pedro Rabaçal

            June 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm

            LOL Another racist retard who parrots forum drivel! 😀

            Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron didnt committed any genocide and they were helping libyan rebels to end your precious dictator Gaddafi.
            Guess he doesnt deserve to be charged for starting that war and all terrorism he supported all his life. Like his pal Charles Taylor and his hand-chopping thugs from Liberia.

            Al bashit killed 1,5 to 2 MILLION black people in South Sudan and 300 000 in Darfur.
            Now he cant be punished just because you hate western leaders?

            “Who is aiding terrorism? ” Gaddafi did and al bashit, retard. Learn more about them.
            Shut the **** up with your childish prejudices.
            I know much more real life than you and your hatred.

            Your fascist and jihadist dictators are mosnters and your hatred wont change it.

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