Sudan

ICC issues second arrest warrant for al-Beshir

Omar al-Bashir presidente de  Sudán
Omar al-Bashir presidente de Sudán Reuters

The International Criminal Court has issued a second arrest warrant for Sudan President Omar al-Beshir adding the charge of genocide. Al-Beshir already faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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"The Chamber finds that there is sufficient evidence to establish reasonable grounds to believe that [Omar al-Beshir] is criminally responsible ... for those charges of genocide", said a court decision published on Monday.

The ICC's appeals chamber ordered judges in February to rethink their decision to omit genocide from a warrant issued for the Sudanese leader's arrest in March 2009.

The prosecution had appealed against the absence of genocide charges on that warrant, which is the ICC's first for a sitting head of state.

Based on Monday's decision, a second warrant was issued listing three counts of genocide.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo accuses Beshir of personally instructing his forces to annihilate three ethnic groups, the Fur, the Masalit and the Zaghawa in Darfur.

 

 

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