Ugandan court issues arrest warrant for Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir

Ugandan court issues arrest warrant for Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir
Omar al-Bashir is currently serving two years sentence.

Kampala, Uganda | URN | The International Crimes Division of the High Court has issued an arrest warrant for former Sudan President Omar al-Bashir.

Justice Henry Peter Adonyo also ruled that Uganda violated its national and international obligations when it failed to arrest Mr Bashir when he was in the country in 2016 and 2017 on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, extermination and others.

His ruling follows an application that was filed by the Uganda Victims Foundation accusing the government of failing to arrest Bashir.

“For avoidance of any doubt, this honourable court hereby issues its own warrant of arrest against Mr Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir whenever he sets foot within the territory of or under the control of the Republic of Uganda,” ruled Adonyo on Thursday 19th, December 2019.

In March 2009 and July 12th, 2010, the Pre-trial Chamber 1 of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant of arrest against Mr Bashir who was by that time the President of Sudan for war crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.

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All ICC member states were accordingly informed to arrest Mr Bashir whenever he visited the countries. Mr Bashir attended the swearing-in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni in 2016. Mr Bashir again visited Uganda in 2017 at the invitation of President Museveni.

Last week, a Sudanese court convicted and sentenced Mr Bashir to two years in jail on charges of corruption, receiving illegal gifts and possessing foreign currency.

Uganda Victims Foundation lawyer Nicholas Opio, says that Mr Bashir being in jail at the moment is immaterial since he wasn’t arrested and tried by the ICC.