Uganda should have arrested Sudan’s al-Bashir during 2017 trip, ICC

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Omar al-Bashir

 

 

 

Uganda should have arrested Sudan’s then-President Omar al-Bashir when he visited in 2017 while wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), a Ugandan judge ruled on Thursday.

 

 

The judge with the High Court of Uganda also ordered al-Bashir’s arrest, Justice Ministry spokesman Solomon Muita said.

 

 

The ICC issued warrants for al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 for alleged crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in the region of Darfur, where the Sudanese government fought rebels.

 

 

Al-Bashir, who was in power for 30 years, was deposed in April by the Sudanese military following months of nationwide anti-government protests.
Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the street protests that led to his downfall.
Al-Bashir was found guilty of corruption by a Sudanese court last week and sentenced to two years in a secure rehabilitation centre.
More cases are expected to be brought against him in Sudan. It is unclear if he will be handed over to the ICC.

 

The case in Uganda had been filed by the Uganda Victims Foundation in 2017.
Uganda and other African countries had in the past criticised the ICC for the al-Bashir warrants, accusing it of bias against African leaders.
Uganda had also said that it would grant al-Bashir asylum if he requested it.

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