ICC overturns decision to refer Jordan to UNSC

Amman, The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) reversed a decision made by the Pre-Trial Chamber in December 2017 to refer Jordan to the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Jordan appealed the Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision regarding the visit of Sudan’s former president Omar Al-Bashir attending the Arab League Summit in March 2017.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Spokesperson Sufian Qudah said Jordan welcomes the Appeals Chamber’s decision to not refer the Kingdom to the ASP and the UNSC, and ruling in its favor on the appeal filed against the Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision, calling it “unfair, discriminatory and arbitrary.”

He said overturning the previous decision is an acknowledgment of the Kingdom’s historical role with the ICC, adding that Jordan acted in good faith in carrying out its commitments according to international law.

The ministry is looking over the 98-page verdict carefully especially the Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision that said Jordan failed to comply with its obligation to the court to hand over Al-Bashir which it rejects, he added.

Qudah pointed out that Jordan has been a strong supporter of the ICC since its establishment, and was the first country in the Middle East to acknowledge its system.

Source: Jordan News Agency