Sudan International Defence Group [SIDG] and Sudan Workers Trade Unions Federation [SWTUF] have won the right to file legal observations on the Appeal lodged by Luis Moreno-Ocampo in the case of the Prosecutor against President Bashir.
Moreno-Ocampo is appealing the decision of the pre-trial chamber to execlude charges of genocide from the arrest warrant issued in March.
Despite stiff resistance from Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC’s appeal chamber ruled that the two groups can act as amici curiae and invited them to submit their observations. The decision gave the prosecutor one week to respond to the filing by the groups.
“It is a small, but an important victory for our groups. The prosecutor tried and failed to stop us from being heard. This time he will have to face counter arguments in court.” said the president of SIDG, Rasheed Gadir, whose group earlier attempt to intervene before the pre-trial chamber was rejected.
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC and Rodney Dixon, representing SIDG and SWTUF filed a 22 pages document containing legal observations to the appeal chamber on Friday, 25 Sept 2009.