ICC reports Bashir to UN over Djibouti

12th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The International Criminal Court said Thursday it would ask the UN Security Council to take "appropriate" action following Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's recent visit to Djibouti.

Bashir, who is wanted by the Hague-based ICC, last week travelled to Djibouti for the inauguration of its re-elected leader, President Ismael Omar Guelleh.

Bashir attended the ceremony even though he is wanted by the court on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's western Darfur region and Djibouti is party to the ICC.

ICC statutes dictate any member country should arrest him if he visits.

The ICC "issued a decision informing the UN Security Council and the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute about Omar al-Bashir's visit to Djibouti," the ICC said in a statement.

The Security Council would be informed "in order for them to take any measure they may deem appropriate," the ICC said.

It said that Djibouti, which was a State Party to the Rome Statute, had "an obligation to cooperate with the Court" in relation to the enforcement of arrest warrants.

It "ordered the ICC registrar to immediately transmit this decision to the Security Council and Assembly States," it added.

On August 27 last year, the ICC informed the UN Security Council of Bashir's visits to Kenya and Chad.

© 2011 AFP

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