Sunday, June 7, 2009

Indicted Sudanese President Al-Bashir arrives in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe state radio says President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, who faces international war crimes charges, has arrived in Zimbabwe for a regional economic summit [ COMESA Head of State annual meeting].

The radio said Sunday that al-Bashir paid a courtesy call late Saturday on President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe is hosting the summit in the northwestern resort town of Victoria Falls this weekend.

Zimbabwe is not among the 108 countries that have ratified the statute creating the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal. Ratifying nations would be required to arrest al-Bashir.

Welcoming al-Bashir will likely earn Zimbabwe praise from African and Arab nations that have condemned the indictment of the Sudanese leader. But it won't help Zimbabwe's attempts to re-engage with the West.