Uganda’s International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court will next month hear an application seeking the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
Justice Moses Mukiibi, ICD High Court Judge, late on Wednesday fixed Dec. 11 to hear an application by a civil society group seeking the issuance of a standing warrant of arrest for Bashir when comes to Uganda.
Uganda Victims Foundation and other five human rights organization filed an application to compel the government to arrest Bashir when he visited the country early this week. In the application, they also sought to have a standing warrant of arrest.
Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court to answer charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The court issued two arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010.
The rights groups say that Uganda, being a signatory to the Rome Statute which established the ICC, is obligated to implement the arrest warrant.
The African Union in 2013 decided not to cooperate with the ICC, saying the Court was biased and targeting only African leaders.
Since then, Bashir has been moving to different countries. He has been to Uganda twice.
This week, he was in Uganda for trade and security talks aimed at improving the relations between the two countries.
The Ugandan rights groups want court to compel the government that next time he visits, he should be arrested and handed over to the ICC.
The Ugandan court did not pronounce its self on the application to have Bashir arrested on this visit. By the time the application was heard, Bashir was already out of the country.
The Ugandan government has previously said it will follow the African Union position.
This is not the first time rights’ groups have gone to court seeking the arrest of Bashir.
In 2015, a South African court issued an order preventing Bashir from leaving the country until an urgent application to have him arrested was heard.
However, Bashir, who was attending the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg, left the country. Enditem