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African Union Representative Rebukes International Court For Disproportionate Focus On Africa

BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK, AUG 06, 2016

Joseph Chilenge, the presiding officer of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) today said African countries were weighing a massive withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) because the judicial system was dysfunctional. Mr. Chilenge made the submission while speaking at an event organized by the Center for Peace and Media Initiative (CPMI) in New York to discuss the proposed withdrawal of African countries from the International Criminal Court. The AU representative spoke alongside Lawrence Freeman, an international affairs analyst.

In his remarks, Mr. Freeman echoed some of Mr. Chilenge’s concerns, stated, “To have an international body deciding which country’s sovereignty can be violated by this global international court is actually a form of imperialism.” According to him, the ICC’s power to violate sovereignty was more dangerous to the world than the individuals who the court pursues.

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Will Bribery Scandal End ICC’s Reign of Abusive Judicial Power?

By Lawrence Freeman

July 17, 2016

A potentially devastating scandal involving the president of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernandez Gurmendi, was brought to light in the July 3rd edition of London Evening Post. According to the article entitled, “ICC President in corruption scandal over Bashir,” Judge de Gurmendi received into her personal bank accounts “unexplained funds mounting to over $17 million that was allegedly used to bribe witnesses that enabled the ICC to indict” Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir.  The article goes on to allege that Judge Gurmendi received deposits wired over ten years from off shore financial companies; Barting Holding Ltd, Atlantic Corporation, Genesis International Holdings and Napex International, in amounts from $150,000 to $250,000 into her personal accounts at Banco Poplar in the Virgin Islands, First Caribbean Bank in the Bahamas, and the Congregation B’nai Israel.

Judge Gurmendi is alleged to have used these illicit funds to “recruit, coach and fake evidence and witnesses to testify against President Bashir.” Mekki Elmograbi, a writer from Sudan, asserts in his April 2012 three part series, “The Octopus Lawyer” that Dafuris were taken to Israel for “training sessions” in preparation for their testimony at the ICC.

However, this President of the ICC is not simply a judge of the court. Gurmendi actually devoted a portion of her career beginning in 1995 to drafting rules and procedures for creation of the Rome Statue in 1998, which established the ICC in 2002 Soon after, she joined the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) working with Luis Moreno Ocampo in securing trumped up indictments against President Al-Bashir. The alleged bribery of Judge Gurmendi overlaps her tenure the OTP with Ocampo.

George Soros, a notorious billionaire international financier/speculator and advocate for drug legalization, whose various Open Society organizations fund a global network of  NGOs, and his collaborator Lord Malloch-Brown, former Minister of State for Africa in the Foreign Office were instrumental in bringing the ICC into existence. Both Judge Gurmendi and prosecutor Ocampo have associated with various Soros created institutions including the Coalition for International Criminal Court, and the Open Society Justice Initiative.

The ICC has been rightly accused by African leaders as a racist, unjust and some say imperialist for its focus on Africa. In its fourteen year existence, out of nine investigations conducted by the ICC, all but one has been against individuals from African nations, including two sitting Presidents. The African Union (AU), led by Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia has been threatening to leave the ICC en mass for its targeting of Africa.  In the words of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta: “The ICC has been reduced into a painfully farcical pantomime, a travesty that adds insult to the injury of victims. It stopped being the home of justice the day it became the toy of declining imperial powers.” A thorough and honest investigation of the allegations centering on the bribery scandal of Judge Gurmendi could have consequences concerning the legitimacy of the indictment of President Bashir, and force the AU to finally put the ICC out of its pernicious existence by African nations withdrawing their membership.

It is ironic that President Bashir, accused of responsibility for genocide, even though no evidence was provided to support the wildly inflated claim of the deaths of 300,000-400,000 people in Darfur, has been indicted and persecuted for years. Meanwhile Tony Blair, who was completely exposed in the recently released Chilcot Commission Report to have lied, and without cause launched a pre-emptive military invasion against Iraq that led to the deaths of millions; has not been charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.

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Will Africa Make The ICC Irrelevant?

Lawrence K. Freeman

December 1, 2013

It would be poetic justice if the African Union (AU) were to put the International Criminal Court (ICC) to its
long-overdue death. There is a growing sentiment among African nations that the ICC is no longer a legitimate institution, and should be put out of existence. Several African leaders have charged the ICC with racism and modern Western imperialism, pointing to the fact that in its 11 years of existence, all of its eight cases have dealt
with African countries. There are some in Kenya, who believe that the ICC is being used as a tool to destabilize their country, by having President Uhuru Kenyatta as the first sitting head of state to stand trial at The Hague

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Africans Revolt Against International Court

Lawrence K. Freeman
September 25, 2013

Led by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, the Ugandan President, and the Kenyan Parliament, a growing chorus of voices is being raised, and actions are being taken, against the International Criminal Court (ICC), including efforts to have the 34 African nations that signed the Rome Statue creating the ICC, remove themselves from
the racist, globalist institution. Eleven years after the ICC was established in 2002, all eight cases the Court has investigated and tried  involve African countries

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Soros’s ICC Tornado Strikes Kenya

David Cherry and Lawrence Freeman

July 31, 2009

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has escalated its attack on Africa in the wake of the African Union’s (AU) rebuff to it on July 3. Now the ICC and its “Persecutor in Chief,” Luis Moreno Ocampo, are targeting Kenya in their campaign to strip African nations of sovereignty. If the assault on Kenya is allowed to succeed, the British Empire is all but certain to achieve its goal of throwing the Greater Horn of Africa entirely into war and chaos, with untold loss of life through famine, disease, and tribal warfare, i.e., genocide

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FRAUDULENT ICC INDICTMENT
British Imperialists Launch War on Sudan’s Sovereignty

Lawrence Freeman

March 13, 2009

For the sake of the survival of the American Republic, and all nations in the world, we must speak out now against the fraudulent arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 4. In defiance of manipulated public opinion, and just plain stupidity, it must be made known to all, that the motivation of the perpetrators of the warrant against Sudanese President Gen. Omar al-Bashir has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations of genocide in Darfur. It has everything to do with fomenting new outbreaks of war in Sudan and throughout the Horn of Africa, but most especially, establishing a precedent for the violation of national sovereignty

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Imperial Criminal Court’ Opens Gates of Hell in Africa

Lawrence Freeman

April 29, 2008

British imperialists escalated their ongoing destabilization of Africa on July 14, with the decision by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), to file charges of “genocide and crimes against humanity” against Sudanese President Gen. Omar al-Bashir. The British and their collaborators want to eliminate the sovereignty of African nations,so that Africa’s population can be greatly reduced, thus ensuring that Africa does not “use up” its vast resource wealth for its own development, and for trade with Asia,China in particular. There is no mistake of the timing, the intent, and the forces behind this unprecedented action, which is premised on completely false charges. It is intended to blow apart Sudan’s North-South peace settlement, plunging the country even deeper into civil war. The consequences of the ICC’s decision, if not reversed, not only would be devastating to Sudan, and the stability of the Horn of Africa, but because of Sudan’s strategic importance, the entire continent would bleed

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