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ICC now gives Museveni ultimatum over Bashir



Museveni and Bashir

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has given the government of President Yoweri Museveni an ultimatum to explain why it failed to arrest Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir.

The court based in Hague, Netherlands had requested Uganda to arrest Bashir once he stepped in the country to attend Museveni’s swearing in ceremony on May 12.

The Sudan president is accused of orchestrating crimes against humanity during the Darfur crisis.

Bashir, who has ruled Sudan since a 1989 Islamist and army-backed coup, has been accused by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) of masterminding genocide and other atrocities in his campaign to crush a revolt in Sudan’s western Darfur region.

Experts estimate at least 200,000 people have been killed, although the Sudanese government says only 10,000 have died.

His presence in Uganda saw European, Canadian and US diplomats walk out of Museveni’s ceremony.

In a notice dated May 17, ICC demands an explanation from Museveni’s government as to why they failed to arrest Bashir.


“…the chamber requests the competent authorities of the Republic of Uganda to submit, by 24 June 2016, their observations with respect to their failure to arrest and surrender Omar Al-Bashir while present on the territory of the Republic of Uganda.”

The court also ordered the registrar to transit the decision to the authorities in Uganda.

The notice is signed by Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Chang-ho Chung.

The government has already been dragged to court for its failure to arrest and handover Bashir.

Uganda minister for International Relations Hon. Okello Oryem says Bashir had to be treated as Head of State.

“We can’t treat President Bashir as a chicken thief. He is a Head of State,” Oryem said.

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