UNITED NATIONS | Sudanese President Omar Bashir, freshly indicted by an international war-crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur, plans to test the court’s authority with a business trip to Qatar.
Qatar is hosting a summit of Arab leaders in two weeks, and hours after the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for Gen. Bashir, Sudan‘s government made it clear he would attend.
“We have received the invitation and accepted it,” Mutrif Siddiq, Sudan’s undersecretary of foreign affairs, told Reuters news agency. Gen. Bashir “will attend all Arab summits and all African summits.”
The 108-nation ICC charged Gen. Bashir on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s Darfur region.