Sudan’s Bashir to attend Saudi summit with Trump despite ICC charges

    /    May 17, 2017   /     Africa  /    0 Comments  /    187 Views

Saudi Arabia has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, to a summit with US President Donald Trump and Arab and Muslim leaders.

It is not known whether Mr Bashir will attend the high-level talks.

Mr Trump will visit Saudi Arabia from Saturday, in his first overseas trip since taking office.

The US leader is set to address the summit on his “hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam”.

In 2009 and 2010, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants against Mr Bashir for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity related to the conflict in Darfur, which has claimed at least 300,000 lives.

He denies the charges, and has successfully evaded arrest for several years.

The ICC is based in The Hague, and was established in 2002 to try the world’s most grievous crimes, when national courts are unable or unwilling to act.

A US official told NBC News that the Trump administration opposes invitations or travel by individuals facing ICC indictments.

“The United States has made its position with respect to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s travel clear,” the official said.

“While the United States is not a party to the Rome Statute, which is the treaty that established the International Criminal Court, we nevertheless strongly support efforts to hold accountable those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, including such acts in Darfur,” the official added.

Sudan was one of the seven countries included in Mr Trump’s proposed travel ban, along with Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

BBC

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