ICC issues arrest warrant for Sudan's Bashir - Bashir formally charged by ICC on war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur but not genocide
From AFP 4 March 2009:
ICC issues arrest warrant for Sudan's Beshir
THE HAGUE (AFP) — The International Criminal Court said Wednesday it has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Beshir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.- - -
From Sudan Tribune by Wasil Ali 4 March 2009:
Sudan’s Bashir formally charged by ICC on Darfur war crimes but not genocide
March 4, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it sjudges approved charges made by its prosecutor against Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.More here later.
The ICC announced that the arrest warrant was issued for seven counts out of the ten submitted by the prosecutor. However the gencoide charges were dropped.
On July 14th 2008 the ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder and accused Al-Bashir of masterminding a campaign to get rid of the African tribes in Darfur; Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.
The spokeswoman for the court in The Hague, Laurence Blairon, said the court would transmit as soon as possible to the government of Sudan a request for his arrest and surrender.
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From the BBC 13:26 GMT, Wednesday, 4 March 2009:
Warrant issued for Sudan's Bashir
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's president on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.- - -
However, the court stopped short of accusing Omar al-Bashir, who denies the charges, of committing genocide.
Reports say Sudan's capital, Khartoum, was tense as people awaited the decision, with fears of unrest.
The UN estimates some 300,000 people have died and millions been displaced in six years of conflict in the region.
The spokeswoman for the court in The Hague, Laurence Blairon, said Mr Bashir was suspected of being criminally responsible for "murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians and pillaging their property".
She said the violence in Darfur was the result of a common plan organised at the highest level of the Sudanese government, but there was no evidence of genocide.
The court would transmit as soon as possible to the government of Sudan a request for his arrest and surrender, she added.
It is the ICC's first ever warrant issued against a sitting head of state.
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo had requested that the court issue a warrant for Mr Bashir's arrest in July 2008.
From Associated Press 4 March 2009:
Intn'l court issues warrant for Sudanese president
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.- - -
But the three-judge panel said there was insufficient evidence to support charges of genocide.
From BBC News by Amber Henshaw, Sudan correspondent 13:15 GMT, Wednesday, 4 March 2009:
Will warrant tip Sudan into abyss?