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Darfur genocide charges may extend to Sudan President Bashir

Earlier today, Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for the president of Sudan on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.   He was following up on his statement last Thursday, where Moreno-Ocampo announced “that he would submit evidence of crimes committed against civilians in Sudan’s western region of Darfur over the last five years.”  As of today, the arrest warrants have been sought.

The Offical Press Release from the ICC.

According to this article:

The pre-trial chamber will now review the evidence presented by Luis Moreno Ocampo and the judges could, in an unprecedented step, issue the warrant if they determine that prime facie case exists against Bashir.

If the warrants are issued by the judges on the ICC, President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir would be the first sitting or former head of state to be charged with genocide at the International Criminal Court at the Hague.

There are concerns however of a serious backlash against in Sudan against peacekeepers and aid workers.  See this article:

U.N. officials are concerned that the request for warrants could cause the Sudanese government to retaliate against peacekeepers and aid workers in Darfur — or even eject them.  Humanitarian groups have been withdrawing staff members from remote areas and preparing for demonstrations or attacks in response to Moreno-Ocampo’s actions Monday.

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