The President of Sudan is a wanted man
Monday, July 12, 2010
The International Criminal Court or ICC has issued yet another arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir on the charge of genocide. Bashir is wanted for the over 300,000 deaths in the Darfur region of the Sudan where 7 years of fighting has taken place. This is just another charge tacked onto his ever growing list; Bashir has already been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, however he has not been arrested.
This issue of genocide has been brought before the court before, but it was thrown out, however it has now been won on appeal. The judge presiding over the case said “there are reasonable grounds to believe him responsible for three counts of genocide”. Mr Bashir is accused of arming pro-government militias known as the Janjaweed, whom are accused of ethnic cleansing; Bashir denies the claims.
In 2009 Bashir became the first head of state to be wanted by the ICC. The ICC spokeswoman, Laurence Blairon, said the indictment, drawn up by three judges, included five counts of crimes against humanity: murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture and rape. The two counts of war crimes were for directing attacks on the civilian population and pillaging.