Sudan-born telecoms billionaire Mo Ibrahim has told the BBC that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should drop charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he agrees to step down. He was talking in reaction to protests in Sudan demanding Mr Bashir to resign:
1.If that is going to save lives, if it is going to save us from a bloody civil war, let the man go in peace.
2. Although I hate impunity, I mean people should be punished for their sins, but if that’s the price of letting the man go, fine.”
President Bashir is accused by the ICC of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur – allegations he denies.Theoretically it means he could be arrested in any country which is a member of the ICC.
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.”