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Mo Ibrahim urges ICC to drop war crimes charges against President Omar al-Bashir

LONDON – British citizen and Sudan-born telecoms billionaire Mo Ibrahim called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to drop war crime and crimes against humanity charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he agrees to step down.

Speaking to the BBC, Ibrahim appealed in reaction to protests in Sudan demanding President Bashir resign.  Mo Ibrahim said:

If that is going to save lives, if it is going to protect us from a bloody civil war, let the man go in peace.

If that is going to save lives, if it is going to protect us from a bloody civil war, let the man go in peace.

Although I hate impunity, I mean people should be punished for their sins, but if that’s the price of letting the man go, okay.”

Although I hate impunity, I mean people should be punished for their sins, but if that’s the price of letting the man go, okay.”

The ICC accused President Bashir of organizing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur – allegations he since denied.

International law experts say it means he could be arrested in any country which is a member of the ICC.

Sudanese President Bashir

Known as a telecom’s billionaire and humanitarian, Mr. Ibrahim founded a $5m (£3.2m) prize that is awarded each year to an African leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.

When asked if Mr. Bashir would ever be considered for the prize Mr. Ibrahim told BBC Focus on Africa, “You must be joking.”

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