Appelldomstolen til Den internasjonale straffedomstolen har kommet til at det var feil å unnta folkemord fra tiltalen mot Sudans president Omar al-Bashir. Nå må spørsmålet behandles om igjen av et utvalg dommere.
Al-Bashir har kunnet reise på toppmøter i den Afrikanske Union og Den arabiske liga nærmest som før. Han er ikke blitt spedalsk i disse foraene. Mange i Vest mener også at man ikke bør stille ham for retten fordi det vil ødelegge mulighetene for fred.
Appeals court judges have ruled the International Criminal Court was wrong to decide Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir could not be charged with genocide for his actions on Darfur.
The ruling by the appeals judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague was unanimous.
The appeals judges ruled to reverse a previous court decision, saying it had used an overly high standard of proof to dismiss genocide charges against Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir.
Last year, the court charged Mr. Bashir with war crimes and crimes against humanity – including murder, extermination, torture and rape. Seven years of conflict in Sudan’s Darfur province have killed about 300,000 people and displaced nearly three million.
But the appeals judges did not agree to the prosecutor’s request to rule Mr. Bashir was responsible for genocide. The pre-trial chamber must take up that issue again.
Amnesty International senior legal advisor Christopher Hall hailed the appeal judges’ ruling.
«I think little by little, the vice is closing in on him and at some point he will have to face a trial in the International Criminal Court in the same way that President Milosevic or President Taylor or numerous other officials from Rwanda and Sierra Leone have had to face trials,» said Christopher Hall.