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Friday, August 27, 2010 - 16:38

Human rights groups yesterday scold the Kenyan government ahead of a visit by President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir who would take part in the celebration of the country's new constitution adopted through a referendum that took place this month.Mr. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for ten counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in Darfur. Kenya is a signatory to the ICC treaty making it legally obligated to arrest Bashir and surrender him to the court.However, the African Union instructed its members in two decisions over the last year not to apprehend the President Bashir. Sudan official news agency (SUNA) said in a brief statement that Bashir would fly to Nairobi today accompanied by his adviser Mustafa Ismail, foreign minister Ali Karti and intelligence director Mohamed Atta Al-Moula. This would be his second visit to an ICC state party after Chad which took place last month. Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned the upcoming visit saying that Kenya would forever tarnish the celebration of its long-awaited constitution if it welcomes an international fugitive to the festivities.

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