EU slams Djibouti and Uganda for not surrendering Al-Bashir to the ICC

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and its Member States have expressed regret that Djibouti and Uganda, both States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), did not comply with their obligations under international law and as State Parties to the ICC and did not surrender President Al-Bashir of Sudan to the Court.

A press release by the EU, obtained by PANA on Monday, said "Based on the information we received, on 5-7 July President Omar Al-Bashir visited Djibouti and Uganda."

The EU called upon all Member States of the United Nations to abide by and implement the resolutions adopted by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, notably UNSCR 1593(2005).

The European Union remains a strong supporter of the ICC and is committed to enforcing international criminal law and to ending impunity.

The first warrant for arrest for Al Bashir was issued on 4 March, 2009, the second on 12 July, 2010.

Until Al Bashir is arrested and transferred to the seat of the Court in The Hague, the case will remain in the Pre-Trial stage.

The ICC does not try individuals unless they are present in the courtroom.

The Sudanese president, in power since 1989, is the first sitting head of state to be indicted for war crimes.
-0- PANA AR/VAO 9July2018

09 july 2018 18:46:07




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