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IGAD summit moved from Kenya as ICC demands arrest of Sudan’s Bashir

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October 26, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) special summit on Sudan has been moved from Nairobi to Addis Ababa in a bid to avert a diplomatic row over the attendance of Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

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Sudan’s President, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir attends the promulgation ceremony of Kenya’s new constitution in Nairobi on August 27, 2010 in the capital Nairobi (Daily Nation)

’The Standard’ and "Daily Nation’ Kenya-based newspapers quoted sources as saying that the summit organizers transferred the meeting to Ethiopia to shield Bashir who faces an arrest warrant against him from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur.

Last August, Kenya came under intense criticism from Western countries and suffered rifts within its coalition government when it received Al-Bashir at the promulgation of the country’s new constitution despite being an ICC state member with obligation to arrest him. It was Bashir’s second visit to a state party after Chad since the warrants.

Kenya’s refusal to arrest Bashir, who also is charged with genocide, raised doubts about the country’s willingness to hand over suspects expected to soon be charged by the ICC for postelection violence that left more than 1,000 Kenyans dead in 2007-08.

On Monday, the court’s judges have asked Kenya "to take any necessary measure to ensure" Bashir is arrested and turned over for trial or explain "any problem which would impede or prevent" his arrest.

Should the Kenyan government not send a reply to the ICC by October 29th, “we would assume that there are no problems that would prevent them from arresting Mr. Al Bashir,” an ICC spokesman told Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW).

The request issued Monday came after prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo notified judges that al-Bashir may visit Kenya on Saturday for the IGAD summit. The last time such a meeting was held, in March, Sudan’s Vice-President Ali Osman Taha attended.

Last week, 23 pressure groups sent a letter to the Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki to protest Al-Bashir’s invite, saying that his visit would be “an insult” to the victims of Darfur conflict and make “a mockery” of Kenya’s commitment to the ICC.

“A return visit by Al-Bashir would make a mockery of Kenya’s declared commitment to the International Criminal Court, and would be an insult to victims of atrocities in Darfur and globally” said Hassan Shire Sheikh of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Projects.

The letter stated that Kenya’s domestic law, the International Crimes Act and the Kenyan Constitution all oblige the Kenyan government to adhere to its commitment to the ICC.

“For all of these reasons” says the letter “we urge the Kenyan government to clearly affirm its commitment to cooperate with the ICC, as states such as South Africa and Botswana have done, and clarify that President al-Bashir will be arrested should he enter Kenya.”

The letter said that arresting Al-Bashir would be “an important way to show respect for victims in Darfur, along with Kenya’s commitment to accountability for crimes committed during electoral violence in Kenya.

On October 17, the Legal Officer for the Kenya chapter of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Stella Ndirangu, told Sudan Tribune that her group would seek court action to force the government to apprehend Al-Bashir should he attends the IGAD summit.

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  • 27 October 2010 07:09, by mayom maboung marek

    waw!! that is that the situation people are in. is Adis. the safe heaven.

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  • 27 October 2010 07:53, by biarawieu

    no hiding one day they gonna catch you on the street, al-bashir in worst situation.

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    • 27 October 2010 08:09, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Dears Readers,

      I appreciate the decision made to move IGAD summit from Kenya as ICC arrest of Sudan’s Bashir is concerned. I am very doubtful of Kenya because of the recent invitation during their constutition referendum in the last months. Kenya failed to reveal clear reasons of why Bashir was invited yet he is already under detention.

      May the International Criminal Court concentrate on issues pertaining to arrest warrant.

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  • 27 October 2010 07:56, by DASODIKO

    Haa, Haaaa, the guy you paid him to facilitate your visit to Kenya is in fraying pan? Yesterday in Kenyan Parliament, swet was runing from his head to his ass!! I don;t know if Addis is a right palce or not, but on this regard I hail the role of that African President ( YM) who refused to be in Sudan.

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  • 27 October 2010 08:37, by David Glenn

    Ethiopia refused to surrender it’s independence and sovergeinity to Okampo,Kenya has renounced it’s responsibility as Chairman of IGAD.

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    • 27 October 2010 19:00, by padiit gaga

      This will be amazing to many if ICC will let Bashir to scapt away in Kenya where he was invite to attent IGAD.
      if Bashir will not be arrested, this bacteria will spread to Africa as whole not Sudan alone all Africa leaders will make what he did because if any leader do what he did he will not be arrested and if he will be arrested all leader will know that if they do what he did they will be arrested they laws must be still alive. but if not they laws will die.

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  • 27 October 2010 11:01, by Luke Chuol

    Then, Why is ICC is only targetting the Continent of Africa? There is a war every where in the World but none of those Country have an arrest warning for any.. This is an indirect colony or punishment to Africa in my opinion. Look at the situation in North Korea and Iran, How it has been carefully handled!! Also Sri Lanka and many more. The so Call ICC is just an agent to Africa for sure. But my position about Bashir may be difference, it is ok to being look after but what I am getting at right now is that it will not end there. Kenya and Rwunda plus Uganda are next and dont forget DRC too think about this please before beating your drum about ICC

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    • 27 October 2010 12:47, by Sudani Logik

      Luke

      I agree with you, the ICC is a nonsense agency of neo-imperialism as it only targets poor and weak nations. Although I agree that Bashir is guilty of many crimes in Sudan particularly in South Sudan, I don’t think the ICC is a neutral tool of justice as its funded mainly by rich countries who dictate its agenda despite the majority of its members being from the developing block of countries!

      Those who are quick to jump in support of this agency are ill informed about global crimes committed by many so called democratic powerful nations or simply being emotive in their analysis.

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  • 27 October 2010 12:20, by Kamula

    Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!1 for how long shall Bashir keep Dodging the ICC? Ma let Him Surrender to Ochampo.

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  • 27 October 2010 15:52, by unity state boy

    Bashir is virus in Africa if those of ICC did NOT take him to the court he will be affect many countries in Africa not Sudan alone.

    unitystatewaayee

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