10 Jun Idle — and Ridiculous — Threats Courtesy of Moreno-Ocampo
Like most people who believe in international criminal justice, I’m frustrated by the Sudanese government’s ability to stonewall the ICC regarding its innumerable crimes in Darfur. But reactions like these don’t help:
Moreno-Ocampo, who stands down as ICC chief prosecutor in two weeks, called on the Security Council to take tougher action to detain President Omar al-Bashir and other Sudanese officials wanted for war crimes and genocide in Darfur.
Sudan’s UN ambassador accused the prosecutor, however, of investigating for “political motives” and giving “wrong information” about the conflict in which the UN says more than 300,000 people have died since 2003.
Sudan rejected all of Moreno-Ocampo’s recommendations, said ambassador Daff-Alla Elhag Ali Osman.
Following the fiery attack, Moreno-Ocampo said his office would investigate the ambassador’s comments.
“His activities denying the crimes in Darfur could be considered part of the crimes,” Moreno-Ocampo told the council.
The ICC will “investigate if Mr Daff-Alla Elhag Ali Osman’s denial of the crimes committed could be considered a contribution to the perpetrators, acting with a common purpose.”
He said “appropriate measures” would be taken if investigators decided there was a case for a formal inquiry.
Give me a break. I’m not even going to dignify Moreno-Ocampo’s claims with a legal analysis. There is, quite simply, nothing to be gained by these kind of intemperate comments. They just make Moreno-Ocampo and — worse — the OTP seem childish and petty.
Fatou Bensouda can’t replace Moreno-Ocampo soon enough. In the meantime, I suggest that the ICC’s judges invoke their plenary power and order Moreno-Ocampo to stop talking.