Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Bashir Warrant Decision on 4 March

The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court has announced it will issue its decision on the application for an arrest warrant against President El Bashir of Sudan on 4 March 2009: http://www2.icc-cpi.int/NR/exeres/4B03F046-6792-40D7-B357-7D14CB723120.htm.
By my count, that is 232 days after the arrest warrant application was filed. Issuance of an arrest warrant is governed by article 58 of the Rome Statute. The Pre-Trial Chamber must be 'satisfied' that there exist 'reasonable grounds to believe that the person has committed a crime within the jurisdiction of the Court'.

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