The Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme (SLCMP) strongly condemns the Government of Sierra Leone for joining some repressive regimes across Africa in refusing cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest and extradite the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on July 3, 2009 in Libya.
President al-Bashir is accused of crimes against humanity and grave war crimes that cannot be ignored by the international community, including the African Union.
The SLCMP states in a release that “as today marks the International Justice Day, we strongly urge the Government of Sierra Leone to uphold its commitment to the rule of law by undertaking its obligations under the Rome Statute.”
Mohamed Suma, Programme Director of SLCMP, states that “As the government continues to work hard in rebuilding public confidence in its legal system as well as providing justice for all Sierra Leoneans, it must set an example for its own citizens and for the world in general, by acting in accordance with international law which requires Mr. al-Bashir’s extradition.”
During the recent African Union summit, in Libya some voices raised concerns that the ICC was unfairly targeting Africans and thus Africans must take a stance to show their unity against international oppression.
It must not be forgotten that Sierra Leone has benefited immensely from the international community in its efforts to rebuild its justice sector.