The International Criminal Court has asked the United States to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he arrives in the country for the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week.
The request comes after Sudan said on Tuesday it had applied for a U.S. visa for Bashir, who is sought by the court on suspicion of masterminding war crimes in Darfur.
The court has asked “the competent US authorities to arrest Omar al-Bashir and surrender him to the court, in the event he enters their territory,” it said in a statement
On the contrary ,the U.S has called the request to arrest Omar al Bashir ‘deplorable’ since it is not a member of the Hague-based ICC.
The ICC issued arrest warrants for the Sudanese leader in March 2009 and July 2010 and he now faces 10 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the decade-old Darfur conflict.
Sudan dismisses the ICC charges, it argues that reports of mass killings in Darfur have been exaggerated, and refuses to recognize the court which it says is part of a Western plot against it.