Title: ICC decision is a “chance” to Sudanese and African community to put an end to the court: Sudan’s Pa
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 12-15-2014, 03:26 PM
December 15, 2014-Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-Sudan’s Parliament Speaker, Dr. Al-Fatih Izz Al-Deen, considered that the International Criminal Court Prosecutor's decision to suspend an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Sudan's Darfur region as a “chance” to Sudanese and African community to put an end to the so-called ICC.
In statements to Khartoum-based Al-Rai Al-A’am newspaper on Sunday, Izz Al-Deen said that refereeing of the Darfur case to the ICC is incorrect because the Court has no jurisdiction to loot at the case because Sudan is not a member of the Court, referring to roles can be played by States such as China and Russia in the UN Security Council.
Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, said she was discontinuing her investigations in Darfur because of a lack of initiative by the UN Security Council (UNSC).
"Given this council's lack of foresight on what should have happened in Darfur, I am left with no choice but to hibernate investigative activities in Darfur as I shift resources to other investigative cases," Bensouda said as she addressed the 15-member UNSC in a routine briefing.
Bensouda told the Security Council there would be "little or nothing to report to you for the foreseeable future" unless the UN body took the initiative.
The ICC has also charged, but failed to arrest, Defense Minister Abdel Raheem Muhammed Hussein, former Interior Minister Ahmed Haround, and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb for alleged war crimes that took place in Darfur since rebels took up arms against the Arab-led government in Khartoum in 2003.
At least 300,000 people have been killed since then, and another 2 million have fled their homes.