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ICC demands Malawi explains failure to arrest Bashir

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has demanded Malawi explain why it did not arrest Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, during his recent visit to the country, warning that it is considering referring the matter to the UN Security Council.

The ICC reports that Malawi, an ICC member state, was reminded of its obligation to arrest Bashir on 13th October, however is yet to repond.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant on Bashir in 2008, for charges of war crimes and genocide in Darfur. He is believed to be responsible for over 300,000 deaths since 2003.

Malawi has been instructed to submit a report to the ICC, by the 11th November, justifying why it failed to pursue the arrest warrant.

The UN Security Council have previously been urged, by the ICC, to take action against Kenya, Chad and Djibouti for failing to arrest Bashir during state visits, however no action has been taken.

See our earlier posts:

Britain criticises Malawi over Bashir (Oct 2011)

Outrage at Malawi's refusal to arrest Bashir (Oct 2011)

UN urge Malawi to arrest Bashir (Oct 2011)

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