Kenya high court orders gov’t to arrest Sudan President Bashir

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Al-Bashir of Sudan


Nairobi,Kenya-A court in Nairobi has issued a warrant requiring that President Mwai Kibaki’s government arrest and hand over Sudan leader Omar el Bashir to the International Criminal Court should he ever set foot in Kenya again.

Justice Nicholas Ombija of the High Court granted the orders following an application by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Kenya Chapter.

The ICC has issued two warrants of arrest against President Bashir over violence in the Darfur region. Charges against him include genocide and crimes against humanity.

Justice Ombija ordered that the Attorney-General and the Internal Security Minister enforce the directive and hand over the Sudan leader to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

President Bashir last visited Kenya on August 27, 2010 when he showed up as a surprise guest of the government during the promulgation of Kenya’s new Constitution.

Speaking to Uganda’s Daily Monitor after a meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers in Kampala, Eriya Kategaya, Uganda’s minister for East African Affairs, said Kampala and Tanzania were not willing to admit the Khartoum even though the governments of Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi didn’t offer any objections.

Khartoum’s application to join the East African Community was also on the verge of collapse at the weekend after officials from Uganda and Tanzania refused to endorse it.

Sudan stunned the region earlier this year when it applied to join the EAC ahead of the breakaway Republic of South Sudan, which has closer political, economic and cultural ties to the rest of the EAC member states



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