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    UN News Centre ICC asks Malawi to explain failure to arrest Sudan’s President on visit
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      UN News Centre

      ICC asks Malawi to explain failure to arrest Sudan’s President on visit


      19 October 2011 –
      The International Criminal Court (ICC) today requested Malawi to explain
      its alleged failure to arrest and surrender to the court Sudan’s
      President Omar Hassan al-Bashir who is wanted on charges of crimes
      against humanity, war crimes and genocide.

      The request follows media reports indicating that Mr. Bashir visited
      Malawi last Friday, according to a press release issued by the ICC.

      The court said a diplomatic note sent its registrar sent to the Malawian
      embassy in Brussels reminding the country of its legal obligations as a
      State Party to the Rome Statute, the treaty the established the ICC, and
      asking for cooperation was not answered. Malawi has until 11 November to
      submit its observations to the ICC.

      The ICC last year issued a second arrest warrant for Mr. Bashir, adding
      genocide to the list of charges for crimes he has allegedly committed in
      Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region. He had the previous year become the
      first sitting head of State to be indicted by the Court. States are
      obliged to arrest him and hand him over to the ICC in the event that he
      enters their territory.

      Under the Rome Statute, States that fail to comply with a request to
      cooperate with the Court may be referred to the Assembly of States
      Parties or to the Security Council if the Council had referred the
      matter to the ICC.

      In August last year and May this year, the ICC pre-trial chamber issued
      three decisions informing the Security Council and the Assembly of
      States Parties to the Rome Statute about Mr. Bashir’s visits to Kenya,
      Chad and Djibouti “in order for them to take any measure they may deem

      In October and December last year, the judges also issued two decisions
      requesting Kenya and the Central African Republic (CAR) to inform ICC
      about any problem which would impede or prevent the arrest and surrender
      of Mr. Bashir in the event that he visited those countries.
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