Ban denies calling on South Africa to Arrest Bashir

The Sudanese government on Tuesday said that the United Nations chief, Ban Ki- moon, has denied that he asked the South African government to implement the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against president, Omer Hassn al-Bashir.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Bashir took part in the AU summit Johannesburg last month, defying two arrest warrants issued by the ICC against him for war crimes and genocide in Darfur region in March 2009 and July 2010.

Immediately after his arrival in Pretoria, the ICC urged South African government to arrest Bashir in line with the founding act of the court, Rome Statute, and threatened to report the matter to the tribal’s assembly of states and the UN Security Council.

However, he managed to leave Johannesburg despite of a decision issued by a judge from the South African High court ordering the government of Johannesburg not to allow him to leave the country.

At the time, the UN chief was quoted as saying that the ICC’s warrant for the arrest of Bashir must be implemented by countries who have signed up to the court’s statutes.

Sudan’s state foreign minister, Kamal al-Din Ismail, said Ki- moon denied during his meeting with Sudan’s first vice-president, Bakri Hassan Salih, in Addis Ababa Tuesday, that he made remarks about Bashir’s participation in the African Union summit in Johannesburg last month.

Ismail said that Ki-moon who met with Salih in the margins of the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa denied altogether that he made any statement in this regard.

He said that Ki-moon told Salih that the ICC has nothing to do with the UN and that neither his office nor the UN general secretariat had issued any statements in this regard.

Bashir doesn’t recognize the ICC and sees it as a tool used by colonial powers against Sudan and the African nations.

Source: ST