Friday, February 20, 2009

Ex-SPLM official says Sudan’s Bashir must ‘face ICC or commit suicide’

February 19, 2009 (CAIRO) — Edward Lino, a former official with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) which rules the semi-autonomous south urged the Sudanese government to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) if an arrest warrant is issued for president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

Lino who was the former SPLM administrator for Abyei region told the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida that Sudan is a member of the United Nations and is therefore obligated to comply with the ICC.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) issued resolution 1593 under chapter VII in March 2005 referring the situation in Darfur to the ICC.

The ICC judges are expected to release a decision before the end of the month in which they agree to issue an arrest warrant for Al-Bashir on an unspecified number of counts. Read more >>>>>>>>>>>>

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