I’ve lost confidence in the ICC. It’s not independent enough and carries too little weight. If it had some legal “teeth” it might be more effective.
The International Criminal Court [ICC] has issued an arrest warrant for Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, the Sudanese defence minister, as part of investigations into crimes commited in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.
The court said in a statement on Thursday that there were sufficient grounds to hold Hussein responsible for 20 counts of crimes against humanity, including persecution and rape, and 21 counts of war crimes, including murder and attacks on civilians.
“Hussein’s arrest appears to be necessary to ensure his appearance at trial and to ensure that he will not obstruct or endanger the investigations,” the statment said.
Hussein, who was interior minister from 2001 to 2005 and also Bashir’s special representative for Darfur from 2003 to 2004, is wanted for allegedly co-ordinating attacks against civilians in villages there.
Sudan dismissed the ICC move.
‘A political move’
“The government will not issue any statement reacting to the ICC…
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