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British official denies plans to freeze ICC indictment of Sudan’s Bashir

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September 18, 2008 (WASHINGTON) — The United Kingdom has no plans of supporting a suspension of the International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment against Al-Bashir, a senior British official said today.

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Lord Malloch Brown UK Foreign Office Minister for Africa (AFP)

Last week the Guardian newspaper published a report saying that the British and French governments will back efforts in the UN to stall the issuance of an arrest warrant for Al-Bashir.

The newspaper said that officials from both capitals informed human rights activists that they have taken this stance to protect the peace process in Darfur and Southern Sudan.

“There was a rather inaccurate press story about this last weekend” Lord Malloch Brown UK Foreign Office Minister for Africa said yesterday during forum at the Frontline Club in London.

“I think it is a very bad idea [suspension]…We are extremely wary of doing anything to interfere with the independence of the ICC. We look at it as one of the most important international innovation of recent years” Brown said.

The British official said he told Sudan that “there is no bargaining” before adding that London “cannot sellout the International Court or the justice system”.

Brown said it is up to Sudan to convince the UN Security Council (UNSC) that is undertaking a “fundamental change...in addressing the internal issues of justice, politics, peacekeeping, but we have not seen that”.

“If you showed a willingness to really engage with the other two people who had been indicted who are still enjoying senior government jobs. If you really now turned around helped get UNAMID fully deployed and if you also engage in a no-hole barred effort with the rebel groups to do a peace agreement then you would face a completely different environment in the UN Security Council” he added.

The British minister said that on the issues of the two Sudanese suspects indicted by the ICC previously, the UNSC has been held “hostage” to Sudan wanting to see UNAMID force deployed and political negotiations between the government and rebels.

However he acknowledged that Al-Bashir’s indictment does not have the support of African leaders who he said feel that the ICC is “is real intrusion of Western institution into Africa’s affairs where you can start indicting African leaders while in office.”.

“They [African leaders] say who is next? It is not that they think Bashir is not guilty of things. But they could imagine circumstances that some smooth well spoken opposition leader fooling Westerners into thinking that they were human right abusers right or wrong and then suddenly there was an indictment against them”.

In mid-July the ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced that he is seeking an arrest warrant for Al-Bashir.

The ICC’s prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. Judges are expected to take months to study the evidence before deciding whether to order Al-Bashir’s arrest.

Sudan and a number of regional organizations including the African Union (AU), Arab League, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) condemned Ocampo’s request and called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution deferring Al-Bashir’s indictment.

Article 16 of the Rome Statute allows the UNSC to suspend the ICC prosecutions in any case for a period of 12 months that can be renewed indefinitely.

Sudan has not ratified the Rome Statute, but the UNSC triggered the provisions under the Statute that enables it to refer situations in non-State parties to the world court if it deems that it is a threat to international peace and security.

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  • 18 September 2008 16:45, by AramanaCaani junuba

    Britain,France,

    if you really do not value Impunity like AU,AL,IOC,GOS,THEN you are taking CORRECT STANCES on issues concerning human rights and justice application on the breach of these rights.
    is the life of a SINGLE Al Bashir more valuable than the perished over 300,000 lives?? if so, where is justice here?
    Now, African leaders are taking absolutely wrong stances on issues to do with justice and human rights for fear of facing the same fate themselves as a custom of their adopted culture of Impunity,hence everyone struggles to get to presidency inorder to commit heinous crimes at will and always claiming to international community that they are doing this to protect ’peace’ meanwhile doing the opposite of being in pieces.when shall africans stop this uncouthed culture?? when Dogs grow horns? but when will that be?
    african leaders! african readers!! african niggers!! you surely need to REFORM ON THIS! REFORM!!
    STOP pretence and down playing THINGS which are important and relevant!
    May God really help Africa and African leaders!

    thanks,

    aramanacaani,

    cairo.

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    • 18 September 2008 17:55, by Ladu Ladu

      "Omer al bashir is a legend. You have John Garang we have Omar (whom John made peace with later)! Also, the ICC is a joke, that seems to keep me in a hesterical state! I laugh at Mr. Ocampo, because as your all aware Argentina does make some Grade A Crack Cocaine and he is the perfect example of what a buzz it does!

      Allah Akbar (God is great be you Muslim or Christian), but ask yourself this, with all due honesty has the president not been the best president to date? Sudan economically was number 20 something when he took over now its number 3 (behind South Africa and Egypt) thus he MUST be doing something right! And to those whom are against the president you’re either against Sudan having a REAL (not puppet) leader. Or you (the "men") lack the testicular fortitude as you’re most likely living in Some far country away from Tribalism and Great people (your probably very insignificant and laugh at your own peoples misfortunes).

      But guess what, Sudan is MOVING MOUNTAINS, MOVING direction as well as the ICC indictment. Don’t you hate being on the wrong side?

      I don’t! Bashir all the way!!

      God bless all those for Sudan! And all those against Sudan: DO SOMETHING! MAKE MOVES! (I heard Britain and France are, i suggest you reconsider!) ;)" by Moe Montana

      Hello Moe (Mohammed) Montana, a Sudanese ’Arab’ most likely living in Montana, USA as a refugee. After reading your above comments and glee expressed in the false claim that Britain & France will favor suspension of ICC, I almost laughed when this new report came out. I bet you will have a terrible day today, since your little legend Bashir is still in trouble. You are the embodiment of what Arab governments are: liars, cheats, dishonest, murderous,etc. Make no mistake, I have been reading your comments on Sudan tribune. You have been asking all Sudanese to be united, patriotic and protect their land and stop bickering and now your true colors have been shown. So typical. You know, at one point I gave you the benefit of a doubt when you started claiming we are all Sudanese and must resolve our issues. But nope, a Sudanese Arab is a snake! Beware of such people. How dare you defend Bashir. Just watch the TV or better yet, travel to Darfur or East or South Sudan. No one is their right mind will defend these thugs called the Sudanese govt.

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      • 19 September 2008 23:49, by sunday mabor

        Please guys let this indictment be a must that cann,t be postpone any away because Bashir,s life is totally not comparable to the life of 300,000 bodies he send into the graves; why!!!! what of him too, are you fearing of his long red teeth & eyes people?.

        So if no, indict,arrest and hung him killed immediately if the law is prefect and real for all world criminals like great Bashir who is today sweeping the tears in his two eyes by his ten fingers.

        The African leaders are trying to support Bashir because they just fear of who is next to Bashir in the channel of indictment; that,s the only thing in their agony of Bashir but not that they don,t know his mistakes since on humanity.
        OKAY if that is the case than how would you peoples interfere in Bashir,s affairs to deffend him what if he will die tomorrow who do you thing will stand by you to support you? stupid and stubborn you all, you must die accordingly knowing that you do mistaked and mismanaged your institutions.

        By Sunday Mabor Akorom- Rumbek senior sciences student form[3].

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