ICC prosecutor seeks arrest warrant for Sudan’s president (Second lead)

July 14th, 2008 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

The Hague, July 14 (DPA) Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the International Criminal Court (ICC) here requested the court Monday to issue an arrest warrant against Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, president of Sudan. In a statement, Moreno-Ocampo said he had presented the court with evidence showing that al-Bashir committed the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

“The prosecutor has concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir bears criminal responsibility in relation to 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes,” the statement said.

“Al Bashir masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups, on account of their ethnicity. His motives were largely political. His alibi was a ‘counterinsurgency.’ His intent was genocide,” the prosecutor said.

He also said al-Bashir “obstructs international assistance” and is responsible for killing and torturing the civilian population of Darfur.

Moreno-Ocampo further stated that he had evidence that al-Bashir “mobilised the entire state apparatus to subject the 2,450,000 people living in camps to conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction.”

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