ICC refers Sudan cases to UNSC

26th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

The International Criminal Court will ask the UN Security Council to intervene given Sudan's "lack of cooperation" in pursuing two senior government allies for alleged war crimes, according to court document seen Wednesday.

"After taking all possible measures to ensure cooperation", the court said, it has concluded that "the Republic of Sudan is failing to comply with its cooperation obligations ... in relation to the enforcement of warrants of arrest" issued in April 2007 for former government minister Ahmed Haroun and militia leader Ali Kosheib.

Signed by three judges, the court document instructed the registry to inform the UN about Sudan's lack of cooperation "in order for the Security Council to take any action it may deem appropriate".

The warrants for Haroun, Sudan's former secretary of state for humanitarian affairs turned regional governor, and Janjaweed militia leader Kosheib, list 51 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in the war-torn Darfur region.

Sudan's President Omar al-Beshir is also wanted by the ICC for alleged war under a warrant issued in March 2009 over the Darfur conflict.

Beshir rejects the jurisdiction of the ICC, the world's only independent, permanent court with authority to try genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

© 2010 AFP

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