Lilongwe – The United Kingdom has responded with disappointment over Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration refusal to arrest on behalf of the Human Rights Watch, Sudan president Omar al-Bashir, to be tried by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Al-Bashir is in Malawi attending the Common Market for East and Central Africa (Comesa) summit. UKs Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, MP, said Friday” “I am disappointed that Malawi hosted President Bashir of Sudan in defiance of International Criminal Court arrest warrants for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”
He said the British government expected the Government of Malawi to stand by its obligations under the Rome Statute, and as a UN member state to be committed to the ICC principles. “The Government of Malawi has committed itself to full cooperation with the ICC, and I reiterate the importance that the British government places on such commitments,” said a statement issued bt the British foreign Commonwelth Office adding “We support the work of the ICC as an independent judicial body. “All countries should cooperate with the ICC investigations in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions, and the particular legal obligations of States Party to the ICC.” However Malawi Information and Civic Education Minisster Patricia Kaliati told journalists that the Malawi government was not ready to arrest Al-Bashir because he had come to Malawi to attend an economic meeting not a political one.
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