LONDON: Britain called on Chad yesterday to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir while he visits N’Djamena for a regional summit and to hand him over to the International Criminal Court.
Chad is one of the countries signed up to the ICC’s founding treaty which are legally bound to arrest Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the long-running Darfur conflict.
But several signatories have failed to do so, and Bashir visited Chad yesterday for talks with central African leaders on security, including the operation against Islamists in Mali.
British minister for Africa Mark Simmonds said that if President Bashir is not arrested, this will be the third time the government of Chad has failed to implement warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
The ICC on Friday issued a formal notice to the Chadian government reminding it of its obligation to arrest Bashir.