In Summary
  • Foreign minister Henry Okello said if Uganda is approached to grant asylum to Bashir it is an issue that can be considered at the highest level.
  • Uganda is one of several African nations which have hosted Bashir in the past without handing him over to the ICC.
  • Protest leaders say Bashir must face justice but added they will not extradite the ousted leader.

Kampala

Uganda would consider granting asylum to ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, a state minister said Tuesday.

"If Uganda is approached to grant asylum to Bashir it is an issue that can be considered at the highest level of our leadership," state minister for foreign affairs Henry Okello Oryem told AFP.

He said that as a result of Bashir's key role in mediating a peace deal in neighbouring South Sudan, "his asylum in Uganda is what the government of Uganda can consider."

RESPECT PEOPLE'S ASPIRATIONS

In the meantime, "Uganda is keenly following the developments in Sudan and we ask the new leadership there to respect the aspirations of the Sudanese people among them peaceful transfer of power to the civilian rule".

Bashir's three-decade reign was toppled last week by top commanders after four months of nationwide demonstrations.

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