ICC asks Nigeria to arrest Sudanese President

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Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir speaking during a meeting with UNAMID officials [UN Photo/Stuart Price]

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked Nigeria to arrest Sudan's President who reportedly was in the country to attend a global health summit.

President Omar Al-Bashir faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide related to the crisis in Darfur.

The ICC Registrar transmitted the request to the Nigerian authorities on Monday. Media reports say Al-Bashir has already left the country.

The court says it has also informed the Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of President Al-Bashir's visits to Djibouti, Chad and Kenya, as well as the non-cooperation of Malawi and Chad in arresting the leader.

The Rome Statute is the treaty which established the International Criminal Court.

An ICC statement says it is for the Security Council and the Assembly "to take any measure they may deem appropriate to ensure the full cooperation with the ICC."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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