ICC President in corruption scandal over Bashir

ICC President Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi
ICC President – Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi alleged to have received funds in her bank account to ‘buy witnesses for use against Gen Bashir’

By Jessica A Badebye in Nairobi – Kenya

The president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is facing calls to resign after it emerged that she may have received financial rewards said to be in millions of dollars to ensure the indictment of Sudanese President Omar al Bashir.

Information reaching The London Evening Post here say that between 2004 and 2015, Argentinian-born ICC President Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi allegedly received into her private bank accounts at Banco Popular in the Virgin Islands, the First Caribbean Bank in the Bahamas and the Congregation B’nai Israel unexplained funds mounting to over US$17million that was allegedly used to bribe witnesses that enabled the ICC to indict the Sudanese leader.

The funds are alleged to have been channelled through Judge de Gurmendi’s accounts by Barting Holding Ltd, Atlantic Corporation, Genesis International Holdings and Napex International, all of which are offshore financial companies, who allegedly made wire transfers ranging from US$150,000-US$250,000 to the judge’s bank accounts. It is alleged that these funds were made available to Judge de Gurmendi during the time that President Bashir was under investigation and the ICC was looking for evidence to indict him.

It has been further alleged that funds channelled through Judge de Gurmendi’s accounts were allegedly distributed by her to groups in Darfur including the Sudan Liberation Movement, formerly the Darfur Liberation Front founded by Abdul Wahid al Nur and others in 2002. Appointed ICC President in March last year, de Gurmendi is alleged to have used the funds to ‘recruit, coach and fake evidence and witnesses to testify against President Bashir’.

ICC President Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi alleged received funds in her bank account to 'buy witnesses for use against Gen Bashir'
ICC President – Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi alleged to have received funds in her bank account to ‘buy witnesses for use against Gen Bashir’.

The scandal has led to Pan African Forum Chief Dr David Nyekorach Matsanga to call upon Judge de Gurmendi to resign from her position. He argued that it was improper for an ICC judge to receive unexplained colossal sums of money which outmatch her annual salary. He added that her resignation would allow proper investigations to take place at OTP hence an account on how she continued to receive large sums of money into her private accounts from 2004, the year Sudan President Bashir was indicted by the court on charges of crimes against humanity, to 2015.

Matsanga argued that the indictment against President Bashir now looks to have been carried out through the corrupting of senior ICC officials. “We thought ICC was created to catch dictators in Africa but instead its witch hunting,” relented Matsanga. He added that on the directives of the then UN Secretary General Koffi Anan, former ICC chief prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo was handpicked to be the ICC chief prosecutor to execute what he described as “Anan’s plan to molest Africa”, which he said has been internationally exhibited by the mode of investigation employed so far in African cases at the ICC in The Hague.

Citing ICC investigations in Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Egypt during Ocampo’s tenure as ICC chief prosecutor, Dr Matsanga said he has already provided evidence to the ICC that show Ocampo’s involvement in Bashir’s case. “We have a huge dossier of evidence against Ocampo and others that worked with him,” he said. He added that the evidence he has acquired include video and audio tape evidence as well as bank statements that show the movement of huge sums of money to buy witnesses in order to facilitate the case against Gen Bashir.

23 thoughts on “ICC President in corruption scandal over Bashir

  • July 4, 2016 at 9:39 am
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    I knew , and from the very start , I never had trust with this icc court .. they seem to be just against some leaders . It’s just another kangaroo court so to say . From the way they procured witnesses in the Kenyan case , I did smell a rat and knew they are up to no good !

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    • July 5, 2016 at 4:06 am
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      This strange court that is not approved by the US government is ironically controlled by the US, which is very mysterious. The former ICC chief prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo has done every effort to indict President Bashir while getting support from the security council ruled by the US, but failed.

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  • July 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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    ICC – Just another puppet of US & Western Europe seeking to be world God!!

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  • July 4, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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    What a load of non sense and Rubbish .After all these years of the Crimes that Albashir committed , his Masters decided now to play the so called scandal game . The pastard him self admitted that he had killed only 10,000 people , why you did”t mentioned that . I think the Kenyan Journalist is the one whom I belived has got paid to spread these kind of Rubbish.

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    • July 26, 2016 at 10:05 am
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      Bashir did not say he killed 10,000 people! Bashir said 10,000 people were killed in the fights between the government and rebels groups. Darfur was a war-zone and many were involved and yes people died; and Bashir’s point was to refuse western claims that 200,000 people died which is a huge lie and we as Sudanese people know better. Its such a shame that you might be a Sudanese, from your name, Mr. Hadi. Shame on you for supporting ICC.

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  • July 5, 2016 at 12:41 am
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    Sudanese people since the beginning it was known that this Court lie, responded by practically giving more support to the Sudanese president. The question remains than compensates for these people insult all these years

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  • July 5, 2016 at 11:18 am
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    Now we need to know who provided the money.this will provide evidence against lobbiest acting against sudan regimn

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  • July 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm
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    If so does that mean he is free of all alliged accusations?

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  • July 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm
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    International Criminal Court … is a tool against Africans
    Without any clear evidence which the court is working for a private agenda

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  • July 5, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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    It was clear from the beginning that this is a political court and not seeking the justice at all and now it has become political and corrupted !

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  • July 6, 2016 at 8:34 am
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    What a clever scheme — paying Judge de Gurmendi to ensure Bashir’s indictment five years before she even became a judge at the ICC!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 10:03 am
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    In Opinio Juris, Kevin Jon Heller remarks: “You have to admire the skill of the bribers. Judge de Gurmendi didn’t become a judge at the ICC until 2010 — long after the first arrest warrant for al-Bashir was issued.”
    Now is that true or not?

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  • July 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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    300,000 have been killed in Darfur???!!! and 400,000 have been killed in Syria no comparison the real criminal, is both Mr. Blair and Mr. George W. Bush, al-Bashir has achieved peace in southern Sudan and under this peace deal South Sudan has become an Independent state now.
    What perpetrated by the new government in South Sudan during the last 3 years the most horrible than what has happened in Darfur, but because they are are not Arabs, not Muslims and Spoiled child of USA & we did not hear and see What’s called ICC Take it positions ,Finally if there is justice in this world is supposed to give President Bashir was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • July 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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    The list of dirty witness must published on the streets

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  • July 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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    Any one compares what happened in Syria by Assad,with what said to be committed by Albashir govrnment in response to the initial military attacks at Darfour urbans and suburbs by the revolutionery armed movements following the hit&run strategy,and when assessing the organised reaction followed by the ICC and the dependant parties running in the conected orbit , will obviousely realisze the true objectives for which the ICC is actually created.

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  • July 7, 2016 at 10:13 pm
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    This is unacceptable from an institution of justice, but we wonder here why this report appeared in this time and because interested in the Sudanese affairs finds there is a great correlation between the appearance of this report, and political pressure on the Sudanese opposition from the European Union and America, and this explains the convergence of the west of the system Bashir’s dictatorial almost a year ago Yes, we know the political Western targets and security after because does not want more war in Sudan and in the Middle East after the failure of the revolution in Yemen, Syria and Libya, but is not there victims in Darfur and South Kordofan, killing Bashir’s regime is not now the economic situation in Sudan continues to deteriorate? This in turn causes more civil wars in Sudan? And what is the alternative to address this crisis? Rescue System and is an ongoing security will remain in this picture?

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  • July 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm
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    The sudanese people do not need proof of Al Bashir and his government’s atrocities and crimes. This is a self-confessed gang whose mastermind has already admitted to crimes of murder and genocide so please have some respect to the people of Sudan. There are serious doubts about the source of this so called scandal and there are already evidence piling of dirty games involving bribes and cooked information to try and save this gang.

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    • July 26, 2016 at 10:15 am
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      You’re supporting ICC against all Africans, Mr. Ahmed.
      Very bad from you as a Sudanese guy.
      Stand-alone my friend.

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      • August 16, 2016 at 5:21 am
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        if Albashir is not guilty why he is not going to the court and proof that as did the the Kenyan PM??

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  • July 11, 2016 at 6:22 am
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    Will it help to lift Sanctions from Sudan?

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  • July 12, 2016 at 8:28 am
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    I am afraid there is too much politics around the ICC. My worry is, will it ever be able to achieve it’s stated goals including doing justice to the helpless victims of brutal dictators including Omar Albashir and Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea?

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