Malawi explains to ICC why it didn’t arrest Sudan president (14/11/2011)

The government of Malawi responded to a request for an explanation by the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on why it did not apprehend the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir, when he visited last month.

The last trip to an ICC state party took Bashir to Malawi for the meetings of the 19-member Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). ICC judges afterwards asked Malawi to submit observations by November 11th on its refusal to arrest the Sudanese leader.

Malawi said in its response that they gave Bashir all the immunities and privileges guaranteed to every visiting head of state and government which include, “freedom from arrest and prosecution within the territories of Malawi.”

 Malawi further stated, “as a member of the African Union, [it] fully aligns itself with the position adopted by the African Union with respect to the indictment of the sitting Heads of State and Government of countries that are not state parties to the Rome Statute.