ICC: Bad news for Putin, Kadyrov?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has, for the first time, presented charges against an acting head-of-state. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo accuses Sudanese President Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Darfur, the ICC says in a press release.

Three years after the Security Council requested him to investigate in Darfur, and based on the evidence collected, the Prosecutor has concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir bears criminal responsibility in relation to 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

“Al Bashir is the President. He is the Commander in Chief. Those are not just formal words. He used the whole state apparatus, he used the army, he enrolled the Militia/Janjaweed. They all report to him, they all obey him. His control is absolute.” added Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo.


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  1. If acting heads-of-state in the Third World can be charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes, will the ICC’s independence extend to charging former heads-of-state and acting governors of industrial nations of crimes of the same magnitude?

    Given that the words “Chechnya” and “Chechen” are conspicuously absent on the ICC’s website, this may be more than we can wish for.

    [The basic problem is, of course, that Russia has not ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which means that the ICC does not have jurisdiction in Russia, even if it wanted to.]

  2. Nimenomaan. Sudan ei ole YK:n turvallisuusneuvoston pysyvä jäsen eikä omista edes pientäkään ydinohjusta eikä tule omistamaan. Sen sijaan Ramzan Kadyrov ei ole minkään valtion johtaja, vaan nukkehallitsija ja virallisesti yhtenäiseen valtioon erottamattomasti kuuluvan läänin johtaja.

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