JUNE 14, 2010: We'll Get Bashir, Kony Soon, Says ICC

We'll Get Bashir, Kony Soon, Says ICC
SOURCE: The East African
By Julius Barigaba
It is just a matter of time before the International Criminal Court arrests its major indictees - Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and leader of the Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony.

This is the view ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo expressed at the Review Conference of the Rome Statute in Kampala. Mr Ocampo said the indictees are being increasingly isolated and will be nailed soon.

"Arresting Bashir is a matter of time," said Mr. Ocampo. "More and more, President Bashir is isolated," he added citing the case of Turkey, an Islamic country that has come out to warn the Sudanese leader that he will be arrested if he attends the Islamic Conference in Ankara in July.

Case of Kony

Similar sentiments were voiced over the arrest of LRA leader Kony and two of his top commanders.

Yet despite this optimism within the Court, a number of member states of the ICC, civil society and victims of war crimes expressed doubts over states resolve to arrest the two.

Considering that one is a sitting head of state, and the other a reclusive rebel leader who has been at large for over two decades, this is a daunting task.

"State parties need to do a good deal better than they have so far," says Richard Dicker of Human Rights Watch. "State parties should issue their position here on Bashir and Sudan's non co-operation.

Will Uganda invite an ICC indicted Bashir for the forthcoming AU Summit to be held in this very place?

"Will state and non state actors work together to bring this regional menace, the scourge of Joseph Kony to book so that we never have to see Christmas massacres as happened in the Congo last year? These are issues that state parties must resolve here."