Malawi asked to explain failure to arrest Sudan's al-Bashir

The International Criminal Court buildings

The International Criminal Court buildings

Authorities in Malawi have been asked by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to explain why they did not arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir during his visit last week.

The ICC has an arrest warrant against Mr. Bashir on charges of genocide and war crimes committed during the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.

The Sudanese president was in Malawi to attend a regional trade summit along with other African leaders.

ICC Spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah says that as party to the Rome Statute which established the court, Malawi has a legal obligation to cooperate with the court.

"And based on that, and based on media reports that indicated that Mr. Bashir has visited Malawi on 14 October, the Pre-trial Chamber I has issued a decision asking the Malawi authorities to present observations on this alleged failure to comply with the request for cooperation of the arrest and surrender of al-Bashir to the ICC."

Malawi now has until 11 November to submit its observations to the ICC on this visit.

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