UN: ICC Trial Chamber refers Uganda, Djibouti to UN Security Council

New York, US (PANA) - Uganda and Djibouti have failed to comply with the request for arrest and surrender of Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and referred the matter to the Court's Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute and the UN Security Council, the Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC said Tuesday.

An ICC statement made available to PANA in New York said: "It is now up to ICC's Assembly of States and the UN Security Council to take the measures they deem necessary regarding this matter."

It recalled that Al Bashir faces two ICC arrest warrants for five counts of crimes against humanity, two counts of war crimes and three counts of genocide, and all States Parties to the Rome Statute have the obligation to execute the warrants of arrest against the Sudanese leader.

In two separate decisions, the ICC's judges noted that Uganda and Djibouti did not arrest and surrender Al Bashir while he was present on their territories to attend inauguration ceremonies in May 2016, thereby preventing the ICC from exercising its functions and powers under the Rome Statute.

It also noted that government authorities did not raise with the ICC any problem they might have identified in the execution of the ICC’s requests for arrest and surrender.

The situation in Sudan's Darfur region was referred to the ICC by the UN Security Council in its resolution 1593 of 31 March 2005, and the ICC Prosecutor opened an investigation in June 2005.

On 4 March 2009 and 12 July 2010, respectively, the ICC issued two arrest warrants against Al Bashir for five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture and rape), two counts of war crimes (intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking part in hostilities, and pillaging), and three counts of genocide allegedly committed against the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups in Darfur from 2003 to 2008.
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