Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hey ICC: Shut up and get on with investigating insurgents and slayings of peacekeepers

Everyone (myself included) is making my blood boil today. What's going on at the ICC? They seem dangerously out of control. Who are they accountable to? I'm sick of reading their media spinning. They're acting like a bunch of cowboys in a bad Hollywood B movie. Someone ought to grab them by the scruff of their necks and tell them to shut up, keep their heads down and get on with investigating insurgents and the slaying of peacekeepers.

AFP report Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - No Way Out For Sudanese President - International War Crimes Court:
THE HAGUE --International war crimes prosecutors Wednesday warned Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir, who is visiting Egypt, that there was way of escape as long as he is the subject of an arrest warrant.

"We want all political leaders who might meet Omar el-Bashir to explain to him there is no possible way out," said a member of the office of Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the International Criminal Court prosecutor, in The Hague.

"Arresting him is a process that will take time," he said, emphasizing that the office was "monitoring" the movements of the Sudanese president who met his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak Wednesday.

"There can be no question of 'business as usual' with someone who is the subject of an arrest warrant on charges of such crimes," according to the office of the prosecutor.

Bashir's visit to Cairo is the second trip abroad he has undertaken since the ICC issued a warrant for his arrest on March 4, accusing him of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur in western Sudan where a civil war has been in progress since 2003.

Arab League and African Union members have criticized the issuing of the warrant.

The ICC has no police force and relies on the cooperation of states to execute its arrest warrants.

Source : Dowjones Business News

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