The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court continues to target Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. He accused him of siphoning off up to $9 billion of his country’s funds. Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC previously charged Mr Bashir with crimes against humanity in March 2009 based on which the ICC issued an arrest warrant on Bashir, a working president of the independent sovereign country, Sudan.
BBC News reported that Moreno’s allegation of siphoning off funds had originally become known after Wikileaks revelation. He said the court had "strong reason to believe that Bashir has a lot of money" held in personal accounts outside Sudan – but that he could not be sure of the precise amount, with estimates ranging from hundreds of millions of dollars up to $9bn.
In the leaked diplomatic cable, US diplomats report Mr Ocampo as saying that "Lloyd’s Bank in London might be holding or knowledgeable of the whereabouts of his money". However, Lloyd’s has denied holding any funds in Mr Bashir’s name, and in his BBC interview, Mr Ocampo agreed that the money was not held in a London account.
BBC News | Monday, 31 May 2010 | 12:37 GMT
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has forced governments to alter their behaviour in the eight years of its existence, the UN chief has said. Ban Ki-moon told a summit in Uganda discussing the Hague-based court that it had curtailed impunity and had broken new ground on victims’ rights. But he called on member countries to step up co-operation. The ICC has five active investigations, all in Africa. So far no-one has been convicted of alleged war crimes. Delegates from more than 100 countries are attending the meeting, to take stock of the ICC’s achievements and push forward proposals for strengthening its rules.
"Few would have believed then that this court would spring so vigorously into life, fully operational, investigating and prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity," Mr Ban told the delegates, AFP news agency reports. "In this new age of accountability, those who commit the worst of human crimes will be held responsible." Mr Ban said the time had passed when the world faced a choice between peace and justice – now states had to pursue them hand-in-hand. But the BBC’s Karen Allen in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, says the issuing of arrest warrants against serving government leaders, in particular President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan for alleged war crimes in Darfur, has prompted some critics to argue that such indictments are a disincentive to achieving peace in the world’s trouble spots. After Mr Bashir’s indictment last year the African Union said it would halt co-operation with the ICC.