ICC warned against sweeping under carpet corruption allegations against Judge Fernandez

ICC Judge Silvia Fernandez. Allegations of impropriety against her have been denied by the ICC.
ICC Judge Silvia Fernandez. Allegations of impropriety against her have been denied by the ICC.

By Jessica A Badebye

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been warned against sweeping the case against Sudan under the carpet. The warning comes in the wake of what could be described as deliberate delay by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) to react to evidence implicating ICC Presiding Judge Silvia Fernandez, in a corruption scandal aimed at ensuring Sudan President Omar Al Bashir’s indictment.

The evidence in question, since denied by the ICC, was presented by renowned Pan Africanist and CEO of the Pan African Forum, Dr David Nyekorach Matsanga last June. It is alleged that between 2004 and 2015, the Argentinian-born ICC judge 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 coach and bribe witnesses that enabled the ICC to indict the Sudanese leader. According to Dr Matsanga it is now over two months since the evidence was tabled before the OTP but he has not received any official response or reaction on the same.

In a statement The London Evening Post is privy to, Dr Matsanga questioned ICC’s ability to handle evidence presented before the court in confidence, arguing that the delay has greatly compromised justice from prevailing in the ongoing case against Sudan. He warned that he will present the issue of Sudan to the Assembly of State Parties (ASP) due November in The Hague because it is now public knowledge that ICC is a court created for Africans and sponsored by some imperial powers citing Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Britain that provide 60 per cent of the court’s budget to ‘foster their neo-colonial politico-economic agenda on the African continent’.

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