Britain Urges Chad to Arrest Sudan's Bashir
[An Nahar] Britannia called on Chad on Saturday to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to
Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it.
while he visits N'Djamena for a regional summit and to hand him over to the International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
Chad is one of the countries signed up to the ICC's founding treaty which are legally bound to arrest Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the long-running Darfur conflict.
But several signatories have failed to do so, and Bashir visited Chad on Saturday for talks with central African leaders on security, including the operation against Islamists in Mali.
"If President Bashir is not incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
, this will be the third time the government of Chad has failed to implement warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide," British minister for Africa Mark Simmonds said.
"Chad has committed itself to full cooperation with the ICC, and I reiterate the importance that the British government places on such commitments.
"The UK expects Chad to stand by its obligations and will be disappointed if it does not do so."
Posted by: Fred 2013-02-17