EU slams Museveni for not arresting Bashir


The European Union has expressed its disappointment in Uganda leader Yoweri Museveni for failing to arrest Sudan president Omar al-Bashir.

This is contained in a statement released on Saturday by the Spokesperson on Uganda and the International Criminal Court.

ICC had directed Museveni to arrest Bashir after he stepped on Ugandan soil last Thursday.

Instead Museveni introduced Bashir as a neighbour saying he lost interest in ICC because its full of useless people.

EU, has however added its voice to that of US in condemning Museveni for going against the statute he signed.

“Committed to preventing crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, and to avoiding impunity for the perpetrators of such crimes, the EU confirms its continuing support for the ICC and its work.”

The statement said full cooperation with the ICC is a prerequisite for the Court’s effective functioning.

“In accordance with established approach of the EU and its Member States, the EU regrets that Uganda, a State Party of the Court, did not fulfil this week its legal obligation, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1593, to execute the arrest warrant against any ICC indictee [Bashir] present in the country.”

Museveni joins the likes of South African president Jacob Zuma who also refused to arrest Bashir on orders of ICC.

Rwandan president Paul Kagame has also said he will not arrest Bashir when he visits Kigali in June for the African Union summit.

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