AMSTERDAM: The Interna-tional Criminal Court called on the United States yesterday to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir if he travels to next week’s UN General Assembly in New York.
The request comes after Sudan said on Tuesday that it had applied for a US visa for Bashir, who is sought by the court on suspicion of masterminding war crimes in Darfur.
Washington said it had received the application and called the request “deplorable”. However, the United States is not a member of the Hague-based ICC so would not be legally bound to cooperate.
Nonetheless, Washington has led calls for Bashir to face international justice over the bloodshed in the now decade-old conflict in the western region of Darfur and has transferred suspects to the ICC before.