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08-Jun-2017 00:02:02
The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council that “not one of the suspects for whom arrest warrants have been issued has been arrested and transferred to the International Criminal Court” for crimes committed in Sudan. UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 08 JUNE 2017, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

08 JUNE 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Sudanese Ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“Not one of the suspects for whom arrest warrants have been issued has been arrested and transferred to the International Criminal Court. Let us not forget, these men stand accused of multiple charges for some of the world’s most serious crimes as foreseen under the Rome Statute. Today, in this important public forum, I say to the victims and their families, who continue to long for justice in Darfur, do not despair and do not abandon hope.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“Most recently, Mr. Al Bashir travelled to Jordan on 29 March 2017. Despite being reminded by the registry of its obligations to arrest and surrender Mr. Al Bashir, regrettably Jordan declined to do so. As a consequence, Pre-Trial Chamber II invited Jordan to provide submissions on this issue for the purpose of a determination by the Chamber on whether to make a formal finding of non-compliance and refer the matter 5to the Assembly of States and/or this Council.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations:
“Concerning his Excellency the President of the Sudan, the constitution of 2005, the transitional constitution, stipulates that the President of the Republic is the symbol of the country and of its sovereignty. We do not accept abuse in any way from any quarter, let alone from this defective kangaroo court.”
9. Wide shot, Council
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The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council today (8 Jun) that “not one of the suspects for whom arrest warrants have been issued has been arrested and transferred to the International Criminal Court” for crimes committed in Sudan.

Bensouda pointed out that “these men stand accused of multiple charges for some of the world’s most serious crimes as foreseen under the Rome Statute.”

Warrants were issued by the Court in 2008 and 2010 for the arrest of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir and others for crimes including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Bensouda said “most recently, Mr. Al Bashir travelled to Jordan on 29 March 2017. Despite being reminded by the registry of its obligations to arrest and surrender Mr. Al Bashir, regrettably Jordan declined to do so.”

In his address to the Council, Sudan’s Ambassador Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed told the Council that the President of the Sudan “is the symbol of the country and of its sovereignty” and added “we do not accept abuse in any way from any quarter, let alone from this defective kangaroo court.”
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