Pre-Trial Chamber II Requests Nigeria to Arrest Omar Al Bashir



The ICC has today issued a press release regarding Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir’s recent visit to Nigeria.

The Court’s website states that:

“On 15 July 2013, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) requested the Federal Republic of Nigeria to immediately arrest Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, on visit to Abuja (Nigeria) and to surrender him to the ICC. Omar Al Bashir faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, allegedly committed in Darfur (Sudan).

The Chamber recalled that Nigeria is a State party to the Rome Statute since 2001, and has the obligation to execute the Court’s orders. The Chamber also noted that the situation in Darfur was referred to the ICC by resolution 1593 of the United Nations Security Council and that, according to article 87(7) of the Rome Statute, “[w]here a State Party fails to comply with a request to cooperate by the Court contrary to the provisions of this Statute [...] the Court may make a finding to that effect and refer the matter to the Assembly of States Parties or, where the Security Council referred the matter to the Court, to the Security Council”.

The Chamber instructed the ICC Registrar to immediately transmit the decision to the Nigerian authorities, and to prepare a report to the Chamber concerning Omar Al Bashir’s visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The Decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber is available here.

Also, the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, has reportedly contacted H.E. Mr Olugbenga Ashiru, the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Intelmann is said to have “[reminded] the Government of Nigeria of its commitment, as a State Party to the Rome Statute, to cooperate with the Court”. Speaking in New York, the President called “upon the Government of Nigeria to respect and fully comply with its Rome Statute obligations”, and renewed her “appeal to States Parties and others in a position to do so to join efforts to prevent instances of non-cooperation”.

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