IGAD do not support Kenya warrant on Bashir
30 November 2011, 14:21
Nairobi - Capital News reports that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has issued a statement condemning the ruling by a Nairobi court ordering the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir if he ever sets foot in Kenya.
The regional bloc said that “In order for peace, stability and economic development to prevail in the volatile Horn of Africa region, it’s imperative that member countries of IGAD spearhead the AU agenda on this matter. The warrant issued by the Kenyan High Court curtails this, and puts the fragile peace processes undertaken by IGAD at great risk.”
The statement further read on “We respect the courts of member states. However, IGAD’s position is that courts cannot work in a vacuum and decision has to be rendered considering the law and balancing it with the wider IGAD regional interests. We are currently looking at the judgment and are aware that there is a right of appeal that is guaranteed, and this decision may or may not stand.”
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