ICC Prosecutor seeks tougher UN sanctions against Sudan

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Tuesday warned that time was running out for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan El-Bashir and proposed that an arrest warrant against the Sudanese leader be enforced by regional organizations.

While warning that the primary responsibility of complying with the UN Security Council’s resolution of arresting the wanted Sudanese leader lay with the state of Sudan, Moreno-Ocampo said the arrest would pacify victims of crimes against humanity in Sudan.

The outgoing prosecutor also accused the Sudanese leader of subjecting the international community to endless “peace negotiations” and threatening to commit war crimes in other parts of Sudan.

“The execution of the arrest warrants on the Sudanese territory is the primary responsibility of the Government of the Sudan and that the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) should not be authorized to carry out or assist to secure arrests,” Moreno-Ocampo told a briefing session of the UN Security Council.

The prosecutor proposed that the Council should consider other mechanisms of having the Sudanese leader and some suspects arrested in connection with the alleged war crimes in the western region of Darfur.

“The Council can in due course evaluate other possibilities, including asking UN Member States or regional organizations to execute arrest operations in furtherance of the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court,” the prosecutor, who made his final report to the Council, asserted.

Moreno-Ocampo, who has been roundly criticized by African leaders for his handling of the situation and the investigations in Darfur, told Security Council members to reconsider their national interests while dealing with the Sudanese war crimes charges and issue a stern warning to the Sudanese government.

“Implementing the arrest warrant will produce a dramatic change in Darfur. In a normal criminal case, it is difficult to locate the fugitives. The whereabouts of the four fugitives in Darfur cases are known,” Moreno-Ocampo insisted in his speech.

The court is seeking Ali Kushayb, who remains in Darfur, Ahmad Harun, who is also wanted, the ICC Prosecutor said, can be found in his Governor’s residence in South Kordofan.

Defence Minister Abdel Raheem Hussein sits in his office at the Ministry of Defence in Khartoum, and El-Bashir can be found in the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, the Prosecutor said.

“The next phase in these Darfur cases is to arrest the indictees,” he added.
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05 june 2012 19:16:07

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