SUDAN WATCH: ICC says no decision concerning possible arrest warrant against Sudan President Bashir has yet been taken by the judges

Thursday, February 12, 2009

ICC says no decision concerning possible arrest warrant against Sudan President Bashir has yet been taken by the judges

ICC Press Release: 12.02.2009
No decision concerning possible arrest warrant against President Al Bashir of Sudan
ICC-CPI-20090212-PR389
Situation: Sudan
Following press articles published today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) wishes to inform the media that no arrest warrant has been issued by the ICC against President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan. No decision has yet been taken by the judges of Pre-Trial Chamber I concerning the Prosecutor’s application of 14 July 2008 for the issuance of such a warrant.

The Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision will be made public by the normal way of a press release and publication on the Court’s website.

For further information please contact Ms Laurence Blairon, Spokesperson, Head of the Public Affairs Unit, Public Information and Documentation Section at +31 (0)70 515 87 14 or +31 (0) 6 46 44 88 89 or at laurence.blairon@icc-cpi.int.
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From the UN News Centre 12 Feb 2009:
International Criminal Court: no decision yet on arrest warrant for Sudan’s President
Contrary to media reports published today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) says that no decision has been made yet on the application for an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes in Darfur.

In a news release issued in The Hague, where the ICC is based, the Court stated that “no decision has yet been taken by the judges” concerning Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s application for such a warrant.

Last July Mr. Moreno-Ocampo presented evidence to the Court against Sudan’s President for alleged war crimes in Darfur, including genocide, some three years after the UN Security Council requested him to investigate atrocities committed in the strife-torn region.

An estimated 300,000 people have died in Darfur, either through direct combat or because of disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, over the past five years in Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied Arab militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, since 2003.

The Prosecutor had stated that he believes Mr. Al-Bashir “bears criminal responsibility in relation to 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes,” and said the evidence presented shows that the President masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups, on account of their ethnicity.

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