1308WHY I OPPOSE THE EXTRADITION OF BASHIR TO THE HAGUE BY THE NEW PROSECUTOR
WHY I OPPOSE THE EXTRADITION OF BASHIR TO THE HAGUE BY THE NEW PROSECUTOR
FACTS ON ICC AND THE CASE OF BASHIR
In 2015 as a whistle blower informed the IOM Pan African the ICC that that there was a case of corruption where the then Chief Prosecutor of ICC Luis Moreno Ocampo and his personal assistant then Silvia Fernades Gumedi were paid over 17 million dollars on various accounts laundered across banks on the world.
I want to the tell the world that I will stand in defense and oppose the extradition of President Bashir to The Hague by the new ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan until this matter is clarified in the ICC. As a whistle blower under the Rome Statute, I should have been called and protected by the court but instead the cabal of Silvia Fernades, Fatou Bensouda and others connived and I was harassed and termed a connived liar yet I was not given chance to prove the matter.
The International Criminal Court ICC has since indicated that had reached such agreement on the “delivery date” of Al-Bashir. The Sudan law is enough to charge and convict or absolve Gen. Al Bashir
On Thursday, Karim Asad Khan, the new Public Prosecutor of the Criminal Court, confirmed that the delegation of the court visiting Khartoum had not reached an agreement with the Sudanese government on a specific date for the extradition of ousted President Omar al-Bashir and the other defendants wanted to the court. Noting that the court will open a permanent office in Khartoum.
The question is why Africa? There are many cases elsewhere for Karim Khan to start with. why Africa? The International Criminal Court has been demanding since 2009 the extradition of Al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan from June 1989 to April 2019, when he was overthrown by a popular revolution, after which he was deposited in Kober Prison, located less than 4 kilometers from the Republican Palace on Nile Street in Khartoum, from which he was issuing war orders.
I note from the extradition note that was issued for al-Bashir in 2009; based on a referral by the UN Security Council 1593 because Sudan was not at that time a member of the court; But the Sudanese Cabinet last week approved a draft law to join the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. I will fight the 34 member states not to accept the Sudan in the ICC.
There is obvious inconsistency that I see and that us why I call upon Africa and the world support me in the struggle to expose corruption this court. There seemed to be a clear contradiction between the Sudanese official statements and what Khan had made clear about the extradition of the wanted persons.
I still believe the world can stop Karim Khan who stressed that the International Criminal Court is working seriously to achieve justice and that it is seeking to reach a final agreement with Khartoum on the implementation of the arrest warrant issued against al-Bashir and his aides on charges of committing war crimes in Darfur.
I believe that Karim Khan should have waited and allowed the Sudanese use their local route to find justice. He however, explained that the court will wait to see the decisions that are expected to come out of the joint meeting; He stressed that Sudan should report on what could happen in the meetings.
I believe as an African that justice can be served better if the number of families of the victims of the Darfur war would witness the trial in Sudan itself. I believe that the handling of the cases outside Sudan will not benefit the victims. It will exacerbate the state of injustice and may hamper the current peace efforts if the matter is brought out now. There is peace in Darfur Darfur reconciliation has returned and Sudan should seek a Redemption strategy other than retributive justice.
GOD BLESS AFRICA
Dr. David Matsanga
Chairman Pan African Forum (UK)Ltd
Dated 13.08 2021
London United Kingdom