Case: The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir
Situation: Darfur, Sudan
Today, 12 May 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a decision informing the Security Council of the United Nations and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute about Omar Al Bashir’s visit to Djibouti, to attend the inauguration ceremony of Djibouti’s President on 8 May 2011, “in order for them to take any measure they may deem appropriate”.
The Chamber stressed that Djibouti, as a State Party to the Rome Statute, “has an obligation to cooperate with the Court” in relation to the enforcement of warrants of arrest, and ordered the ICC Registrar to immediately transmit this decision to the Security Council and to the Assembly of States Parties. Previously, pursuant to the Pre-Trial Chamber decisions issuing two warrants of arrest, on 4 March 2009 and 12 July 2010, against Omar Al Bashir, the ICC Registrar had issued and transmitted requests for arrest and surrender of Mr Al Bashir to all States Parties to the Rome Statute, including Djibouti.
On 27 August 2010, Pre-Trial Chamber I had also issued two decisions informing the Security Council of the United Nations and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute about Omar Al Bashir’s visits to the Republic of Kenya and to the Republic of Chad.
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