ICC seeks ac­tion on Su­dan

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

HAGUE — Flus­tered over Su­dan’s long­stand­ing re­fusal to ex­tra­dite its leader for trial on charges of geno­cide and other crimes in the Dar­fur con­flict, the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court on Mon­day asked the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to take “nec­es­sary mea­sures” to en­force com­pli­ance.

The re­quest came three months af­ter the court’s chief pros­e­cu­tor, Fa­tou Ben­souda, said she was sus­pend­ing her crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions of Dar­fur atroc­i­ties be­cause they could not make progress with­out co­op­er­a­tion from Su­dan and co­er­cive pres­sure from the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

In a state­ment from its head­quar­ters at The Hague, the court said the charges against Pres­i­dent Omar Has­san al-bashir of Su­dan, some of them dat­ing to March 2009, had been re­peat­edly ig­nored by the Su­danese au­thor­i­ties.

The state­ment said the court had “de­cided to in­form the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to take the nec­es­sary mea­sures it deems ap­pro­pri­ate.”

With­out such ac­tion, the state­ment said, the Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion a decade ago to re­fer Su­dan to the court would “never achieve its ul­ti­mate goal, namely, to put an end to im­punity.” — NY Times

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